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n. pl. pa·raph·y·ses (-sēz′)
One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.

[New Latin : para- + Greek phusis, nature, growth; see physic.]
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n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
(Botany) any of numerous sterile cells occurring between the sex organs of mosses and algae and between the spore-producing bodies of basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi
[C19: New Latin from Greek: subsidiary growth, from para-1 + phusis growth]
paˈraphysate adj
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Noun1.paraphysis - a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangiaparaphysis - a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangia; may be pointed or clubbed
fibril, filament, strand - a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
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