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An organism, especially a fungus or microorganism, that lives inside a plant, in a parasitic or mutualistic relationship.

en′do·phyt′ic (-dō-fĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Botany) a fungus, or occasionally an alga or other organism, that lives within a plant
endophytic adj
ˌendoˈphytically adv


(ˈɛn dəˌfaɪt)

a plant living within another plant, usu. as a parasite.
en`do•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
en`do•phyt′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Endophytically derived compounds such as taxol, cryptocin and isopestacin, justified their significance with respect to their application in human being [2].
These fungal species also exists in other agricultural crops either endophytically or epiphytically.
All of these taxas grow endophytically in the substomatal chambers and through the intercellular spaces (mesophyll) of vascular plant host leaves (Lopez-Bautista et al.
Inverted papilloma shows a thickened epithelium bound by an intact basement membrane growing endophytically into the underlying stroma (figure 1).
Fruit bodies Formed epiphytically on rhizomorphs Formed epiphytically on or laid under cortex of stressed rhizomorphs or endophytically trees and stumps.