sterigma

noun
ste·​rig·​ma | \ stə-ˈrig-mə How to pronounce sterigma (audio) \
plural sterigmata\ stə-​ˈrig-​mə-​tə How to pronounce sterigma (audio) \ also sterigmas

Definition of sterigma

: one of the slender stalks at the top of the basidium of some fungi from the tips of which the basidiospores are formed broadly : a stalk or filament that bears conidia or spermatia

First Known Use of sterigma

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sterigma

New Latin, from Greek stērigma support, from stērizein to prop; perhaps akin to Greek stereos solid — more at stare

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“Sterigma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sterigma. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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sterigma

noun
ste·​rig·​ma | \ stə-ˈrig-mə How to pronounce sterigma (audio) \
plural sterigmata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce sterigma (audio) \ also sterigmas

Medical Definition of sterigma

: any of the slender stalks at the top of the basidium of some fungi from the tips of which the basidiospores are produced broadly : a stalk or filament that bears conidia or spermatia

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