hypha

noun

hy·​pha ˈhī-fə How to pronounce hypha (audio)
plural hyphae ˈhī-(ˌ)fē How to pronounce hypha (audio)
: one of the threads that make up the mycelium of a fungus, increase by apical growth, and are transversely septate or nonseptate
hyphal adjective

Examples of hypha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Long strands of fungal hyphae can hold the aggregates together and earthworms and other large organisms also work to create pore space. oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2023 The photos showed how individual fungal hyphae had drilled deep into the rocks, carving out networks of branching canals. Zack Savitsky, Quanta Magazine, 12 July 2023

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek hyphē web; akin to Greek hyphos web — more at weave

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypha was in 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Hypha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypha. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hypha

noun
hy·​pha ˈhī-fə How to pronounce hypha (audio)
plural hyphae -(ˌ)fē How to pronounce hypha (audio)
: one of the threads that make up the mycelium of a fungus
hyphal adjective

Medical Definition

hypha

noun
hy·​pha ˈhī-fə How to pronounce hypha (audio)
plural hyphae -(ˌ)fē How to pronounce hypha (audio)
: one of the threads that make up the mycelium of a fungus, increase by apical growth, and are coenocytic or transversely septate
hyphal adjective

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