hypha

noun hy·pha \ ˈhī-fə \

Definition of hypha

plural hyphae play \ˈhī-(ˌ)fē\
:one of the threads that make up the mycelium of a fungus, increase by apical growth, and are transversely septate or nonseptate

hyphal

play \ˈhī-fəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of hypha

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


HYPHA Defined for Kids

hypha

noun hy·pha \ ˈhī-fə \

Definition of hypha for Students

plural hyphae \-ˌfē\
:one of the fine threads that make up the body of a fungus

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hypha

noun hy·pha \ ˈhī-fə \

medical Definition of hypha

plural hyphae play \-(ˌ)fē\
:one of the threads that make up the mycelium of a fungus, increase by apical growth, and are coenocytic or transversely septate

hyphal

play \-fəl\ adjective

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