appressorium

noun
ap·​pres·​so·​ri·​um | \ ˌa-pre-ˈsȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce appressorium (audio) \
plural appressoria\ ˌa-​pre-​ˈsȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce appressorium (audio) \

Definition of appressorium

: the flattened thickened tip of a hyphal branch by which some parasitic fungi attach to and penetrate their host

First Known Use of appressorium

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appressorium

New Latin, from Latin apprimere

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“Appressorium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appressorium. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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