noun, plural paraphyses [puh-raf-uh-seez] . Botany, Mycology.
one of the erect, sterile filaments often growing among the reproductive organs in many fungi, mosses, and ferns.

1855–60; < Neo-Latin < Greek paráphysis literally, a growing beside, by-growth, equivalent to para- para-1 + phýsis growth, nature; see physic

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paraphysis (pəˈræfɪsɪs)
n , pl -ses
any of numerous sterile cells occurring between the sex organs of mosses and algae and between the spore-producing bodies of basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi
[C19: New Latin from Greek: subsidiary growth, from para-1 + phusis growth]

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paraphysis   (pə-rāf'ĭ-sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural paraphyses (pə-rāf'ĭ-sēz')
One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.
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