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sympodium

[sim-poh-dee-uh m]
noun, plural sym·po·di·a [sim-poh-dee-uh] /sɪmˈpoʊ di ə/. Botany.
  1. 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.
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Compare monopodium.

Origin of sympodium

1860–65; < New Latin < Greek sym- sym- + pódion small foot, base; see podium
Also called pseudaxis.
Related formssym·po·di·al, adjectivesym·po·di·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sympodium

sympodium

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
  1. 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
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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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