haustorium

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haus·to·ri·um

, pl.

haus·to·ri·a

(haw-stō'rē-ŭm, -stō'rē-ă),
An organ to absorb nutriment.
[Mod. L. fr. L. haustus, drinking in or draw up]

haustorium

  1. a specialized development of the end of a HYPHA in parasitic fungi, penetrating a cell of the host and forming a food-absorbing organ.
  2. (in other parasitic plants) the organ that penetrates the host and acts as a food-absorbing organ.
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