conidium co·nid·i·um (kə-nĭd'ē-əm)
n. pl. co·nid·i·a (-ē-ə)
An asexually produced fungal spore, formed on a conidiophore.
|conidium (kə-nĭd'ē-əm) Pronunciation Key
An asexually produced fungal spore, formed on a conidiophore. Most conidia are dispersed by the wind and can endure extremes of cold, heat, and dryness. When conditions are favorable, they germinate and grow into hyphae.
a type of asexual reproductive spore of fungi (kingdom Fungi) usually produced at the tip or side of hyphae (filaments that make up the body of a typical fungus) or on special spore-producing structures called conidiophores. The spores detach when mature. They vary widely in shape, colour, and size, large ones being called macroconidia, small ones, microconidia.
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