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paraphysis Line breaks: par|aphy¦sis
Pronunciation: /pəˈrafɪsɪs/

Definition of paraphysis in English:

noun (plural paraphyses pəˈrafɪsiːz)

A sterile hair-like filament present among the reproductive organs in many lower plants, especially bryophytes, algae, and fungi.
Example sentences
  • Perithecia are always smaller than wild-type perithecia and a quarter of them contain only sterile paraphyses.
  • Alternatively, the branchlets may represent inflated hairs, or paraphyses, as found on some phaeophyte sporophytes or rhodophyte tetrasporophytes.
  • However, Neolecta lacks paraphyses, and the croziers do not develop until the ascus is formed.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek para- 'beside, subsidiary' + phusis 'growth'.

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