most gonidioid

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gonidium   (gō-nĭd'ē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural gonidia
  1. An asexual reproductive cell found in certain algae that form colonies. Gonidia undergo repeated mitoses to form new colonies, which then hatch out of the parent colonies.

  2. A chlorophyll-bearing, photosynthetic algal cell housed in the thallus of a lichen.


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