[ sim-poh-dee-uh m ]
/ sɪmˈpoʊ di əm /
noun, plural sym·po·di·a [sim-poh-dee-uh] /sɪmˈpoʊ di ə/. Botany.
an axis or stem that simulates a simple stem but is made up of the bases of a number of axes that arise successively as branches, one from another, as in the grapevine.
Also called pseudaxis.
Related formssym·po·di·al, adjectivesym·po·di·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sympodia
/ (sɪmˈpəʊdɪəm) /
noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
the main axis of growth in the grapevine and similar plants: a lateral branch that arises from just behind the apex of the main stem, which ceases to grow, and continues growing in the same direction as the main stemCompare monopodium
Derived Formssympodial, adjectivesympodially, adverb
Word Origin for sympodium
C19: from New Latin, from syn- + Greek podion a little foot, from pous foot
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Medicine definitions for sympodia
[ sĭm-pō′dē-ə ]
Fusion of the feet, as in sirenomelia.
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