protonema

noun pro·to·ne·ma \ ˌprō-tə-ˈnē-mə \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of protonema

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

protonemal

play \ˌprō-tə-ˈnē-məl\ adjective

protonematal

play \ˌprō-tə-ˈnē-mə-tᵊl, -ˈne-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of protonema

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


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