noun, plural sympodia [sim-poh-dee-uh] . Botany.
an axis or stem that simulates a simple stem but is made up of the bases of a number of axes that arise successively as branches, one from another, as in the grapevine.
Also called pseudaxis.
Compare monopodium.

1860–65; < Neo-Latin < Greek sym- sym- + pódion small foot, base; see podium

sympodial, adjective
sympodially, adverb Unabridged
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sympodium (sɪmˈpəʊdɪəm)
n , pl -dia
Compare monopodium the main axis of growth in the grapevine and similar plants: a lateral branch that arises from just behind the apex of the main stem, which ceases to grow, and continues growing in the same direction as the main stem
[C19: from New Latin, from syn- + Greek podion a little foot, from pous foot]

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sympodia sym·po·di·a (sĭm-pō'dē-ə)
Fusion of the feet, as in sirenomelia.

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