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rhizoid

 [ri´zoid]
resembling a root.

rhi·zoid

(rī'zoyd),
1. Rootlike.
2. Irregularly branching, like a root; denoting a form of bacterial growth.
3. mycology the rootlike hyphae of fungi that arise at the nodes of the hyphae of Rhizopus species.
[rhizo- + G. eidos, resemblance]

rhizoid

(rī′zoid′)
n.
A slender rootlike filament that grows from an alga, a fungus, or the gametophyte of a moss, liverwort, or fern, used for attachment and nourishment.

rhi′zoid′, rhi·zoi′dal (-zoid′l) adj.

rhi·zoid

(rī'zoyd)
1. Rootlike.
2. Irregularly branching, like a root; denoting a form of bacterial growth.
3. In fungi, the rootlike hyphae that arise at the nodes of the hyphae of Rhizopus species.
[rhizo- + G. eidos, resemblance]

rhizoid

a hairlike structure that functions as a root in lower organisms such as certain fungi and mosses. Rhizoids are important in penetrating a substance, giving anchorage and absorbing nutrients.
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