protonema

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noun pro·to·ne·ma \ˌprō-tə-ˈnē-mə\

Definition of protonema

plural

protonemata

play \-ˈnē-mə-tə, -ˈne-\
  1. :  the primary usually filamentous thalloid stage of the gametophyte in mosses and in some liverworts comparable to the prothallus in ferns

protonemal

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protonematal

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Origin and Etymology of protonema

New Latin protonemat-, protonema, from prot- + Greek nēma thread — more at nemat-


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