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hymenium

[hahy-mee-nee-uh m] /haɪˈmi ni əm/
noun, plural hymenia
[hahy-mee-nee-uh] /haɪˈmi ni ə/ (Show IPA).
Mycology
1.
the sporogenous layer in a fungus, composed of asci or basidia often interspersed with various sterile structures, as paraphyses.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Neo-Latin; see hymen, -ium
Related forms
hymenial, adjective
subhymenial, adjective
subhymenium, noun, plural subhymenia.
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British Dictionary definitions for hymenial

hymenium

/haɪˈmiːnɪəm/
noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə), -niums
1.
(in basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi) a layer of cells some of which produce the spores
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hymenial in Science
hymenium
  (hī-mē'nē-əm)   
Plural hymenia
The spore-bearing layer of the fruiting body of certain fungi, containing asci or basidia.
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Encyclopedia Article for hymenial

hymenium

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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