Definition of sterigma in English:

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Pronunciation: /stəˈrɪɡmə/

noun (plural sterigmata /stəˈrɪɡmətə/)

(In some fungi) a spore-bearing projection from a cell.
Example sentences
  • Wild-type conidiophores are radially symmetrical and consist of a stalk with a single vesicle from which multiple primary sterigmata bud.
  • From the vesicle forms a layer of primary sterigmata called metulae.
  • There are usually four sterigmata (and four spores) to a basidium.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek stērigma 'a support', from stērizein 'to support'.

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