sclerotium

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noun scle·ro·tium \sklə-ˈrō-sh(ē-)əm\

Definition of sclerotium

plural

sclerotia

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  1. :  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

sclerotial

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Origin and Etymology of sclerotium

New Latin, from Greek *sklērōtos


First Known Use: 1871


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sclerotium

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noun scle·ro·tium \sklə-ˈrō-sh(ē-)əm\

Medical Definition of sclerotium

plural

sclerotia

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  1. :  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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