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[mon-uh-poh-dee-uh m] /ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di əm/
noun, plural monopodia
[mon-uh-poh-dee-uh] /ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di ə/ (Show IPA).
a single main axis that continues to extend at the apex in the original line of growth, giving off lateral branches beneath in acropetal succession.
Compare sympodium.
Origin of monopodium
1870-75; mono- + -podium
Related forms
monopodial, adjective
monopodially, adverb Unabridged
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  • The monopodium was a table or stand with but one support, used especially to hold a lamp or toilet articles.

    The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for monopodium


noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
the main axis of growth in the pine tree and similar plants: the main stem, which elongates from the tip and gives rise to lateral branches Compare sympodium
Derived Forms
monopodial, adjective
monopodially, adverb
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek monopous, from mono- + pous foot
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monopodium in Science
Plural monopodia
A main axis of a plant, such as the trunk of a spruce, that maintains a single line of growth, giving off lateral branches.
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