haustoria

haustorium

[haw-stawr-ee-uhm, -stohr-]
noun, plural haustoria [haw-stawr-ee-uh, -stohr-] .
1.
a projection from the hypha of a fungus into the organic matter from which it absorbs nutrients.
2.
the penetrating feeding organ of certain parasites.

Origin:
1870–75; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin haus- (variant stem of haurīre to draw, scoop up) + -tōrium -tory2

haustorial, adjective
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haustorium (hɔːˈstɔːrɪəm)
 
n , pl -ria
the organ of a parasitic plant that penetrates the host tissues and absorbs food and water from them
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Late Latin haustor a water-drawer; see haustellum]
 
haus'torial
 
adj

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haustorium   (hô-stôr'ē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural haustoria
A specialized absorbing structure of a parasitic plant, such as the rootlike outgrowth of the dodder, that obtains food from a host plant. In parasitic fungi, haustoria are specialized hyphae that penetrate the cells of other organisms and absorb nutrients directly from them.
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