Definition of conidium in English:

conidium

noun

Botany
  • A spore produced asexually by various fungi at the tip of a specialized hypha.

    • ‘Fungi of this genus produce characteristic darkly pigmented, septate hyphae or conidia.’
    • ‘In many plant pathogenic fungi, conidia are the infectious propagules responsible for initiating infection as well as disease dissemination.’
    • ‘Conidiophores terminally differentiate at the tips to yield multinucleated asexual spores, termed conidia.’
    • ‘The asexual spore, or conidium, is formed from the tips of specialized spore-forming cells in a precisely regulated developmental plan.’
    • ‘Spores or conidia are carried from the soil surface or debris to the plant by wind or splashing rain.’

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek konis dust + the diminutive suffix -idium.

Pronunciation:

conidium

/kəˈnidēəm/