sclerotium

noun
scle·ro·tium | \sklə-ˈrō-sh(ē-)əm \
plural sclerotia\sklə-ˈrō-sh(ē-)ə \

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 \ 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 \
plural sclerotia\-sh(ē-)ə \

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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