One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in certain fungi) a thick-walled hyphal cell that functions as a spore.
- ‘The rensa mutant produced chlamydospores acrogenously from hyphae or by the modification of hyphal cells, as did the wild type.’
- ‘Elevated temperatures and inducing substances including serum components and N-acetylglucosamine lead to the conversion of yeast to hyphal cells; other conditions induce pseudohyphae or chlamydospores.’
- ‘Chlamydoconidia or chlamydospores are unusual structures but are of comparatively little taxonomic value.’
- ‘In the early report of Heineman and colleagues, 3 chlamydospores were observed histologically in the cardiac vegetation of a diabetic patient with C albicans endocarditis, as well as in kidney abscesses.’
Late 19th century: from Greek khlamus, khlamud- ‘cloak’ + spore.
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