hormogonium

noun

hor·​mo·​go·​ni·​um ˌhȯr-mə-ˈgō-nē-əm How to pronounce hormogonium (audio)
plural hormogonia ˌhȯr-mə-ˈgō-nē-ə How to pronounce hormogonium (audio)
: a portion of a filament in many cyanobacteria that becomes detached as a reproductive body

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek hormos chain, necklace + New Latin -gonium — more at series

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hormogonium was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Hormogonium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hormogonium. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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