Definition of conidium in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈnidēəm/

noun (plural conidia /-ˈnidēə/)

A spore produced asexually by various fungi at the tip of a specialized hypha.
Example sentences
  • Fungi of this genus produce characteristic darkly pigmented, septate hyphae or conidia.
  • In many plant pathogenic fungi, conidia are the infectious propagules responsible for initiating infection as well as disease dissemination.
  • Conidiophores terminally differentiate at the tips to yield multinucleated asexual spores, termed conidia.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek konis 'dust' + the diminutive suffix -idium.

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Syllabification: co·nid·i·um

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