paraphysis

noun pa·raph·y·sis \ pə-ˈra-fə-səs \

Definition of paraphysis

plural paraphyses play \pə-ˈra-fə-ˌsēz\
: one of the slender sterile filaments borne among the sporogenous or gametogenous organs in certain ferns, mosses, algae, and fungi

Origin and Etymology of paraphysis

New Latin, from Greek, sucker, offshoot, from paraphyein to produce at the side, from para- + phyein to bring forth — more at be


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paraphysis

noun pa·raph·y·sis \ pə-ˈraf-ə-səs \

medical Definition of paraphysis

plural paraphyses play \-ˌsēz\
1 : one of the slender sterile often septate filaments of many cryptogamic plants (as fungi) that are borne among the spore- or gamete-forming organs, are single or branched, and are composed of one or more cells
2 : a median evagination of the roof of the telencephalon anterior to the epiphysis of certain lower vertebrates that is present only in the embryo of higher vertebrates

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