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mycelium

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noun my·ce·li·um \mī-ˈsē-lē-əm\

Definition of mycelium

plural

-lia

\-lē-ə\
  1. :  the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host); also :  a similar mass of filaments formed by some bacteria (as streptomyces)

mycelial

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Origin and Etymology of mycelium

New Latin, from myc- + Greek hēlos nail, wart, callus


First Known Use: 1836


Medical Dictionary

mycelium

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noun my·ce·li·um \mī-ˈsē-lē-əm\

Medical Definition of mycelium

plural

mycelia

\-lē-ə\play
  1. :  the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative body of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host); also :  a similar mass of filaments formed by some bacteria (as of the genus Streptomyces)



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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of mycelium Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about mycelium


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