Definition of sterigma in English:


Syllabification: ste·rig·ma
Pronunciation: /stəˈrigmə

noun (plural sterigmata /-mətə/)

  • (In some fungi) a spore-bearing projection from a cell.
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    • Wild-type conidiophores are radially symmetrical and consist of a stalk with a single vesicle from which multiple primary sterigmata bud.
    • From the vesicle forms a layer of primary sterigmata called metulae.
    • There are usually four sterigmata (and four spores) to a basidium.


mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek stērigma 'a support', from stērizein 'to support'.

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