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noun, plural ste·rig·ma·ta [stuh-rig-muh-tuh] /stəˈrɪg mə tə/. Mycology.
  1. a small stalk that bears a sporangium, a conidium, or especially a basidiospore.
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Origin of sterigma

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek stḗrigma a support, equivalent to stērig-, base of stērízein to support + -ma noun suffix
Related formsster·ig·mat·ic [ster-ig-mat-ik, steer-] /ˌstɛr ɪgˈmæt ɪk, ˌstɪər-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sterigma

Historical Examples

  • D, Passage of a nucleus through the sterigma into the basidiospore.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3


  • At free end of each sterigma is formed an oval body—a spore or "gonidium" (d), which, when ripe, is thrown off from the sterigma.

  • At the apex of each basidium a flask-shaped cell, "sterigma" (d), appears.

British Dictionary definitions for sterigma


  1. biology a minute stalk bearing a spore or chain of spores in certain fungi
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin from Greek stērigma support, from stērizein to sustain
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