[ stuh-rig-muh ]
/ stəˈrɪg mə /

noun, plural ste·rig·ma·ta [stuh-rig-muh-tuh] /stəˈrɪg mə tə/. Mycology.

a small stalk that bears a sporangium, a conidium, or especially a basidiospore.

Origin of sterigma

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek stḗrigma a support, equivalent to stērig-, base of stērízein to support + -ma noun suffix

Related forms

ster·ig·mat·ic [ster-ig-mat-ik, steer-] /ˌstɛr ɪgˈmæt ɪk, ˌstɪər-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sterigma


/ (stəˈrɪɡmə) /


biology a minute stalk bearing a spore or chain of spores in certain fungi

Word Origin for sterigma

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