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.
Origin of sympodium
Also called pseudaxis.
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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
Word Origin for sympodium
C19: from New Latin, from syn- + Greek podion a little foot, from pous foot
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