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
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sterigma was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Sterigma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sterigma. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

sterigma

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