basidium

noun
ba·​sid·​i·​um | \ bə-ˈsi-dē-əm How to pronounce basidium (audio) \
plural basidia\ bə-​ˈsi-​dē-​ə How to pronounce basidium (audio) \

Definition of basidium

: a structure on a basidiomycete in which karyogamy occurs followed by meiosis to form usually four basidiospores

First Known Use of basidium

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basidium

New Latin, from Latin basis

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The first known use of basidium was circa 1839

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basidiospore

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“Basidium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basidium. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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basidium

noun
ba·​sid·​i·​um | \ bə-ˈsid-ē-əm How to pronounce basidium (audio) \
plural basidia\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce basidium (audio) \

Medical Definition of basidium

: a structure on a basidiomycete in which karyogamy occurs followed by meiosis to form usually four basidiospores

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