perithecium

noun
peri·​the·​ci·​um | \ ˌper-ə-ˈthē-shē-əm How to pronounce perithecium (audio) , -sē- \
plural perithecia\ ˌper-​ə-​ˈthē-​shē-​ə How to pronounce perithecia (audio) , -​sē-​ \

Definition of perithecium

: a spherical, cylindrical, or flask-shaped hollow fruiting body in various ascomycetous fungi that contains the asci and usually opens by a terminal pore

Other Words from perithecium

perithecial \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈthē-​sh(ē-​)əl How to pronounce perithecial (audio) , -​sē-​əl \ adjective

First Known Use of perithecium

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perithecium

New Latin, from peri- + Greek thēkion, diminutive of thēkē case — more at tick

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“Perithecium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perithecium. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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perithecium

noun
peri·​the·​ci·​um | \ -ˈthē-sē-əm How to pronounce perithecium (audio) \
plural perithecia\ -​sē-​ə How to pronounce perithecia (audio) \

Medical Definition of perithecium

: a spherical, cylindrical, or flask-shaped hollow fruiting body in various ascomycetous fungi that contains the asci, usually opens by a terminal pore, and sometimes includes the cleistothecium

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