sympodium

sympodium

[sim-poh-dee-uhm]
noun, plural sympodia [sim-poh-dee-uh] . Botany.
an axis or stem that simulates a simple stem but is made up of the bases of a number of axes that arise successively as branches, one from another, as in the grapevine.
Also called pseudaxis.
Compare monopodium.


Origin:
1860–65; < Neo-Latin < Greek sym- sym- + pódion small foot, base; see podium

sympodial, adjective
sympodially, adverb
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sympodium (sɪmˈpəʊdɪəm)
 
n , pl -dia
Compare monopodium the main axis of growth in the grapevine and similar plants: a lateral branch that arises from just behind the apex of the main stem, which ceases to grow, and continues growing in the same direction as the main stem
 
[C19: from New Latin, from syn- + Greek podion a little foot, from pous foot]
 
sym'podial
 
adj
 
sym'podially
 
adv

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