Definition of hypha in English:

hypha

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪfə
 
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noun (plural hyphae /-fiː/)

Botany
  • Each of the branching filaments that make up the mycelium of a fungus.
    More example sentences
    • In addition, many fungi are able to parasitize spores, sclerotia, or hyphae of other fungi, resulting in biocontrol.
    • They are unique among bacteria in that they grow as branching hyphae similar to fungi as they gather nutrients from the soil.
    • He also saw live dry rot in the form of mycelium and hyphae strands in the core of the brickwork.

Derivatives

hyphal

adjective
More example sentences
  • The formation of arbuscules, arbusculate coils, hyphal coils, and vesicles within the roots of the two host plants was examined.
  • For the + B plants, percentage hyphal colonization was lowest in August.
  • In this process, the dikaryotic mycelium forms hyphal knots, some of which differentiate into fruitbody initials.

Origin

mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek huphē 'web'.

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