sclerotium

noun
scle·​ro·​tium | \ sklə-ˈrō-sh(ē-)əm How to pronounce sclerotium (audio) \
plural sclerotia\ sklə-​ˈrō-​sh(ē-​)ə How to pronounce sclerotia (audio) \

Definition of sclerotium

: a compact mass of hardened mycelium stored with reserve food material that in some higher fungi becomes detached and remains dormant until a favorable opportunity for growth occurs

Other Words from sclerotium

sclerotial \ sklə-​ˈrō-​shəl How to pronounce sclerotial (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of sclerotium

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sclerotium

New Latin, from Greek *sklērōtos

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sclerotium

noun
scle·​ro·​tium | \ sklə-ˈrō-sh(ē-)əm How to pronounce sclerotium (audio) \
plural sclerotia\ -​sh(ē-​)ə How to pronounce sclerotia (audio) \

Medical Definition of sclerotium

: a compact mass of hardened mycelium (as an ergot) stored with reserve food material that in some higher fungi becomes detached and remains dormant until a favorable opportunity for growth occurs

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