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noun, plural sclerotia
[skli-roh-shee-uh] /sklɪˈroʊ ʃi ə/ (Show IPA). Mycology.
a vegetative, resting food-storage body in certain higher fungi, composed of a compact mass of hardened mycelia.
noun (pl) -tia (-ʃɪə)
a compact mass of hyphae, that is formed by certain fungi and gives rise to new fungal growth or spore-producing structures


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    adjective 1. (especially of the cuticle of an arthropod) hardened by the presence of substances other than chitin, as by scleroproteins, waxes, or calcium salts. 2. Pathology. sclerosed.

  • Sclerotome

    noun 1. Embryology. the part of a mesodermal somite contributing to the development of the vertebrae and ribs. 2. Surgery. an instrument for use in performing a sclerotomy. 3. Zoology. a fibrous partition separating successive myotomes. sclerotome scle·ro·tome (sklēr’ə-tōm’) n. A knife used in sclerotomy. A group of mesenchymal cells emerging from the ventromedial part […]

  • Sclerotomy

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