American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of the threadlike filaments forming the mycelium of a fungus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The element of a thallus in Fungi; a cylindric threadlike branched body consisting of a membrane inclosing protoplasm, developing by apical growth, and usually becoming transversely septate as it develops, Göbel. It is the filament or thread of a fungus. The vegetative or growing hyphæ; taken in quantity are called the mycelium. The ascogenous hyphæ are the hyphæ or cells from which the asci are derived) as in the sporocarps of some Ascomycetes. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. any of the threadlike filaments forming the mycelium of a fungus. See hyphae.
- n. any of the threadlike filaments forming the mycelium of a fungus
- From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ὑφή (hyphae, "web") (Wiktionary)
- New Latin, from Greek huphē, web; see webh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Also in the common gray mould of infusions and preserves, Penicillium, by a process which is perhaps intermediate between budding and cell-division, a cell at the end of a hypha constricts itself in several places, and the constricted portions become separate as _conidiospores_.”
“Saprophytic bacteria can readily make their way down the dead hypha of an invading fungus, or into the punctures made by insects, and Aphides have been credited with the bacterial infection of carnations, though more recent researches by Woods go to show the correctness of his conclusion that Aphides alone are responsible for the carnation disease.”
“Compartments before (A, E) and after (B-D, F-H) dissection of a hypha with a closed (A-D) and an open (E-H) septum.”
“Plugging of a septal pore depends on its position in the hypha and the presence of glucose in the medium.”
“(C) Magnification of boxed area in (A) and (B) showing a hypha with the first and second septum as referred to in the text.”
“A common thought for 50 years has been that the hypha direct their growth to the apex of their cell through outward flow of growth material forming a longer and longer blimp-like shape.”
“We think the hypha is recycling material," he said.”
“Growth of the fungi is confined to the apex or end of the hypha cell.”
“A closer look shows that fungi are made of thread-like cells called hypha.”
“But Shaw found that there is a region of the cell at the growing apex of the hypha that directs material inward.”
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