One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in certain fungi) a conidium-bearing hypha or filament.
- ‘At the same time the mould, which comprises spore-bearing growths called conidiophores, appears on the surface.’
- ‘Small round conidia were attached to short simple conidiophores, resembling lollipops.’
- ‘Microscopically, the fungus produces solitary oval to dumbbell-shaped conidia on short, unbranched conidiophores lateral to septate hyphae.’
- ‘Although the first cells from hyphae looked like conidiophores, they were slenderer than conidiophores of the wild type.’
- ‘For observation of conidiophore structure, coverslips with aerial hyphae and conidiophores attached were dipped into 100% ethanol, mounted on slides, and observed microscopically.’
Late 19th century: from conidio- (combining form of conidium) + -phore.
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