noun (plural conidia /-ˈnidēə/)Botany
A spore produced asexually by various fungi at the tip of a specialized hypha.
- Fungi of this genus produce characteristic darkly pigmented, septate hyphae or conidia.
- In many plant pathogenic fungi, conidia are the infectious propagules responsible for initiating infection as well as disease dissemination.
- Conidiophores terminally differentiate at the tips to yield multinucleated asexual spores, termed conidia.
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek konis 'dust' + the diminutive suffix -idium.
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