Meaning of GONIDIUM in English


gōˈnidēəm noun

( plural gonid·ia -ēə)

Etymology: New Latin, from gon- + -idium


a. : an asexual reproductive cell or group of cells arising in or on the gametophyte usually in special organs — see gonidangium

b. : one of the green chlorophyll-bearing cells that are found within the thallus of a lichen and that sometimes constitute a definite layer but are often scattered — called also brood cell

2. : one of the supposed reproductive granules formed internally in certain bacteria (as of the genus Azotobacter )

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