haustorium

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noun haus·to·ri·um \hȯ-ˈstȯr-ē-əm\

Definition of haustorium

plural

haustoria

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  1. :  a nutrient-absorbing outgrowth of a fungus or parasitic plant that penetrates the tissues of the host organism 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


First Known Use: 1875


Medical Dictionary

haustorium

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

Medical Definition of haustorium

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haustoria

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  1. :  a food-absorbing outgrowth of a plant organ (as a hypha or stem)

haustorial

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