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[hahy-mee-nee-uh m] /haɪˈmi ni əm/
noun, plural hymenia
[hahy-mee-nee-uh] /haɪˈmi ni ə/ (Show IPA).
the sporogenous layer in a fungus, composed of asci or basidia often interspersed with various sterile structures, as paraphyses.
1820-30; < New Latin; see hymen, -ium
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hymenial, adjective
subhymenial, adjective
subhymenium, noun, plural subhymenia. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə), -niums
(in basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi) a layer of cells some of which produce the spores
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hymenia in Science
Plural hymenia
The spore-bearing layer of the fruiting body of certain fungi, containing asci or basidia.
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a spore-bearing layer of tissue in fungi (kingdom Fungi) found in the phyla Ascomycota and Basidiomycota. It is formed by end cells of hyphae-the filaments of the vegetative body (thallus)-which terminate elongation and differentiate into reproductive cells. The hymenium may also contain support cells known as cystidia.

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