noun (plural asci /ˈasī/ /ˈaskī/ /-kē/)Botany
A sac, typically cylindrical in shape, in which the spores of ascomycete fungi develop.
- Hymenium - the spore-bearing layer of a fruiting body, containing asci, spores and paraphyses.
- Spores were liberated from asci, and vegetative cells were killed, by treatment with glusulase and ethanol.
- When mature, a perithecium contains several hundred asci that are ejected by turgor pressure.
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek askos 'bag'.
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