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hypha

[hahy-fuh] /ˈhaɪ fə/
noun, plural hyphae
[hahy-fee] /ˈhaɪ fi/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in a fungus) one of the threadlike elements of the mycelium.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Neo-Latin < Greek hyphḗ web
Related forms
hyphal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hyphal

hypha

/ˈhaɪfə/
noun (pl) -phae (-fiː)
1.
any of the filaments that constitute the body (mycelium) of a fungus
Derived Forms
hyphal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek huphē web
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Word Origin and History for hyphal

hypha

n.

1866, from Modern Latin plural hyphae (1810), from Greek hyphe (singular) "web."

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hyphal in Medicine

hypha hy·pha (hī'fə)
n. pl. hy·phae (-fē)
A long, slender, usually branched filament of fungal mycelium.

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hyphal in Science
hypha
  (hī'fə)   
Plural hyphae (hī'fē)
One of the long slender tubes that develop from germinated spores and form the structural parts of the body of a fungus. In many species of fungi, hyphae are divided into sections by cross walls called septa. Each section contains at least one haploid nucleus, and the septa usually have perforations that allow cytoplasm to flow through the hypha. A large mass of hyphae is known as a mycelium, which is the growing form of most fungi. From time to time, hyphae develop reproductive structures that are partitioned from the hypha by holeless septa. In many species, these structures are microscopic; in others, they are visible and large. Mushrooms and shelf fungi are visible reproductive structures of fungi.
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