[hahy-mee-nee-uh m] /haɪˈmi ni əm/
noun, plural hymenia
[hahy-mee-nee-uh] /haɪˈmi ni ə/ (Show IPA). Mycology.
the sporogenous layer in a fungus, composed of asci or basidia often interspersed with various sterile structures, as paraphyses.
noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə), -niums
(in basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi) a layer of cells some of which produce the spores
The spore-bearing layer of the fruiting body of certain fungi, containing asci or basidia.
1. a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “membrane” (hymenopteron); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (hymenotomy).
hymenology hy·men·ol·o·gy (hī’mə-nŏl’ə-jē) n. The branch of anatomy and physiology that deals with the structure, function, and diseases of the membranes of the body.
/haɪˈmiːnəʊˌfɔː/ noun 1. (botany) the fruiting body of some basidiomycetous fungi
/ˈhaɪmənəʊˌplæstɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. a surgical operation to reconstruct the hymen in order to give the appearance of virginity, usually for religious or cultural reasons