Definition of endophyte in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈendəˌfīt/


A plant, especially a fungus, that lives inside another plant.
Example sentences
  • It is a type of fungus called an endophyte that lives inside the kernels of corn plants, neither harming nor benefiting its host.
  • The presence of the endophyte in tillers and leaves was tested in infected plants as well as its absence in non-infected plants.
  • A research team reports that in tree leaves, these fungi, called endophytes, can limit damage from attacking disease agents.



Pronunciation: /ˌendəˈfitik/
Example sentences
  • It is now widely accepted that plants infected with endophytic fungi are often at a distinct advantage at times.
  • Endophytic fungi are thought to interact mutualistically with their host plants mainly by increasing host resistance to herbivores and have been termed ‘acquired plant defenses’.
  • On the other hand, a relatively high percentage of infections during storage at 4°C supported the idea that endophytic microbes in Scots pine buds are a potential cause of the defence reactions.


Pronunciation: /ˌendəˈfitik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • There are also algae which grow endophytically - within cells of higher plants.
  • As mentioned earlier, there are many bacteria that grow endophytically within plants.

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Syllabification: en·do·phyte

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