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mycelium

Syllabification: my·ce·li·um
Pronunciation: /mīˈsēlēəm
 
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Definition of mycelium in English:

noun (plural mycelia /-lēə/)

Botany
The vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a network of fine white filaments (hyphae).
Example sentences
  • One to five weeks after the grass seeds germinate, the mycelium, or vegetative filaments of the fungus, migrate to the lower part of the stem.
  • Once excreted, the fungal mycelium [the mass of hyphae emanating from the fungus] grows into tiny spheres, about the size of a small pinhead.
  • The primary function of the fungal mycelium is absorption of nutrients from the soil, and the translocation of these materials to the host.

Origin

mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek mukēs 'fungus', on the pattern of epithelium.

Derivatives

mycelial

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • At this time, the diameter of the macerated area was approximately 6 cm, and mycelial growth and esporulation were evident.
  • This is useful for detecting candidal hyphae, mycelial tangles and spores.
  • The release of spores and mycelial fragments can be a source of inhalational and dermal exposures.

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