hymenia

hymenium

[hahy-mee-nee-uhm]
noun, plural hymenia [hahy-mee-nee-uh] . Mycology.
the sporogenous layer in a fungus, composed of asci or basidia often interspersed with various sterile structures, as paraphyses.

Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin; see hymen, -ium

hymenial, adjective
subhymenial, adjective
subhymenium, noun, plural subhymenia.
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hymenium (haɪˈmiːnɪəm)
 
n , pl -nia, -niums
(in basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi) a layer of cells some of which produce the spores

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hymenium   (hī-mē'nē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural hymenia
The spore-bearing layer of the fruiting body of certain fungi, containing asci or basidia.
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