cryptogam

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noun cryp·to·gam \ˈkrip-tə-ˌgam\

Definition of cryptogam

  1. :  a plant or plantlike organism (such as a fern, moss, alga, or fungus) reproducing by spores and not producing flowers or seed

cryptogamic

play \ˌkrip-tə-ˈga-mik\ or less commonly

cryptogamous

play \krip-ˈtä-gə-məs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of cryptogam

ultimately from Greek kryptos + -gamia -gamy


Medical Dictionary

cryptogam

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noun cryp·to·gam \ˈkrip-tə-ˌgam\

Medical Definition of cryptogam

  1. :  a plant or plantlike organism (as a fern, moss, alga, or fungus) reproducing by spores and not producing flowers or seed

cryptogamic

\ˌkrip-tə-ˈgam-ik\play or

cryptogamous

\krip-ˈtäg-ə-məs\play adjective

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