hypha

noun
hy·​pha | \ ˈhī-fə How to pronounce hypha (audio) \
plural hyphae\ ˈhī-​(ˌ)fē How to pronounce hypha (audio) \

Definition of hypha

: one of the threads that make up the mycelium of a fungus, increase by apical growth, and are transversely septate or nonseptate

Other Words from hypha

hyphal \ ˈhī-​fəl How to pronounce hypha (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of hypha

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypha

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

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“Hypha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypha. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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hypha

noun
hy·​pha | \ ˈhī-fə How to pronounce hypha (audio) \
plural hyphae\ -​ˌfē \

Kids Definition of hypha

: one of the fine threads that make up the body of a fungus

hypha

noun
hy·​pha | \ ˈhī-fə How to pronounce hypha (audio) \
plural hyphae\ -​(ˌ)fē How to pronounce hypha (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypha

: one of the threads that make up the mycelium of a fungus, increase by apical growth, and are coenocytic or transversely septate

Other Words from hypha

hyphal \ -​fəl How to pronounce hypha (audio) \ adjective

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