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[puh-raf-uh-sis] /pəˈræf ə sɪs/
noun, plural paraphyses
[puh-raf-uh-seez] /pəˈræf əˌsiz/ (Show IPA).
Botany, Mycology
one of the erect, sterile filaments often growing among the reproductive organs in many fungi, mosses, and ferns.
Origin of paraphysis
1855-60; < New Latin < Greek paráphysis literally, a growing beside, by-growth, equivalent to para- para-1 + phýsis growth, nature; see physic
Related forms
paraphysate [puh-raf-uh-sit] /pəˈræf ə sɪt/ (Show IPA), adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
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
Derived Forms
paraphysate, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin from Greek: subsidiary growth, from para-1 + phusis growth
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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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