haustorium

noun haus·to·ri·um \ hȯ-ˈstȯr-ē-əm \

Definition of haustorium

plural haustoria play \hȯ-ˈstȯr-ē-ə\
: a nutrient-absorbing outgrowth of a fungus or parasitic plant that penetrates the tissues of the host organism
Note: Haustoria arise from the hyphae in fungi and from the roots or stems of parasitic plants (such as dodder and mistletoe).

Origin and Etymology of haustorium

New Latin, from Latin haurire


Medical Dictionary

haustorium

noun haus·to·ri·um \ hȯ-ˈstōr-ē-əm, -ˈstȯr- \

medical Definition of haustorium

plural -ria play \-ē-ə\
: a food-absorbing outgrowth of a plant organ (as a hypha or stem)

haustorial

play \-ē-əl\ adjective

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