Haustorium



[haw-stawr-ee-uh m, -stohr-] /hɔˈstɔr i əm, -ˈstoʊr-/

noun, plural haustoria
[haw-stawr-ee-uh, -stohr-] /hɔˈstɔr i ə, -ˈstoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a projection from the hypha of a fungus into the organic matter from which it absorbs nutrients.
2.
the penetrating feeding organ of certain parasites.
/hɔːˈstɔːrɪəm/
noun (pl) -ria (-rɪə)
1.
the organ of a parasitic plant that penetrates the host tissues and absorbs food and water from them
haustorium
(hô-stôr’ē-əm)
Plural haustoria
A specialized absorbing structure of a parasitic plant, such as the rootlike outgrowth of the dodder, that obtains food from a host plant. In parasitic fungi, haustoria are specialized hyphae that penetrate the cells of other organisms and absorb nutrients directly from them.

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