Definition of paraphysis in English:

paraphysis

Line breaks: par|aphy¦sis
Pronunciation: /pəˈrafɪsɪs
 
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noun (plural paraphyses /-siːz/)

Botany
  • A sterile hair-like filament present among the reproductive organs in many lower plants, especially bryophytes, algae, and fungi.
    More 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.

Origin

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

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