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[oh-id-ee-uh m] /oʊˈɪd i əm/
noun, plural oidia
[oh-id-ee-uh] /oʊˈɪd i ə/ (Show IPA).
one of the conidia that are borne in chains by certain fungi.
(in certain fungi) a thin-walled spore derived from the fragmentation of a hypha into its component cells.
1855-60; < New Latin < Greek ōi(ón) egg (cognate with Latin ovum; see oo-) + -idium -idium
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oidioid, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
(botany) any of various fungal spores produced in the form of a chain by the development of septa in a hypha
Word Origin
New Latin: from oo- + -idium diminutive suffix
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in fungi (kingdom Fungi), a single-celled asexual spore (arthrospore) produced by fragmentation of fungal filaments (hyphae) in lower fungi; the asexual stage of Erysiphaceae (powdery mildew fungi); or, in Basidiomycota, both an asexual spore (microconidium) and a male cell (spermatium).

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