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basidium

 [bah-sid´e-um] (pl. basi´dia) (L.)
the clublike organ bearing basidiospores.

ba·sid·i·um

, pl.

ba·sid·i·a

(ba-sid'ē-ŭm, -ă),
A cell or spore-bearing organ usually club-shaped that is characteristic of the Basidiomycota. It bears basidiospores externally after karyogamy and meiosis. It is composed of a swollen terminal cell situated on a slender stalk, and gives rise to slender filaments (sterigmata), usually four in number, from the ends of which the basidiospores are developed.
[L., fr G. basis, base]

basidium

/ba·sid·i·um/ (bah-sid´e-um) pl. basi´dia   [L.] the club-shaped organ bearing the spores of Basidiomycotina.

basidium

A club-shaped organ of sexual reproduction in basidiomycetes (fungi), which has 4 (less commonly, 8) haploid basidiospores at its tip.

ba·sid·i·um

, pl. basidia (bă-sid'ē-ŭm, -ă)
A cell or spore-bearing organ, usually club shaped, that is characteristic of the Basidiomycota. It bears basidiospores externally after karyogamy and meiosis. It is composed of a swollen terminal cell situated on a slender stalk, and gives rise to slender filaments (sterigmata), usually four in number, from the ends of which the basidiospores are developed.
[L., fr G. basis, base]
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Fig. 63 Basidium . The basidium of Scleroderma.

basidium

the (microscopic) structure on which the sexually produced basidiospores of BASIDIOMYCETE fungi are formed during sexual reproduction.

basidium

pl. basidia [L.] the clublike fungal organ bearing basidiospores.