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hapteron

[hap-tuh-ron] /ˈhæp təˌrɒn/
noun, plural haptera
[hap-tuh-ter-uh] /ˈhæp tə tər ə/ (Show IPA).
Biology
1.
a structure by which a fungus, aquatic plant, or algae colony attaches to an object; a holdfast.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; apparently a pseudo-Gk derivative of Greek háptein to grasp and -tēr agentive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for hapteron

hapteron

/ˈhæptərɒn/
noun
1.
a cell or group of cells that occurs in certain plants, esp seaweeds, and attaches the plant to its substratum; holdfast
Word Origin
C20: from Greek haptein to make fast
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