pythium

noun pyth·i·um \ˈpithēəm\

Definition of pythium

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of destructive root-parasitic fungi (family Pythiaceae) having filamentous sporangia, smooth-walled spherical oogonia, and stalked antheridia and including forms (as P. debaryanum) that cause damping-off

  2. 2 plural -s :  any fungus of the genus Pythium pythium root necrosis

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Origin and Etymology of pythium

New Latin, from Greek pythein to cause to rot + New Latin -ium — more at foul


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