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n. pl. sym·po·di·a (-dē-ə)
An apparent axis that develops when growth occurs by means of lateral branches rather than continuing along the principal stem, often having a zigzag or irregular form. Also called pseudaxis.

[New Latin : syn- + Greek podion, base (from pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots).]

sym·po′di·al (-dē-əl) adj.
sym·po′di·al·ly adv.


n, pl -dia (-dɪə)
(Botany) the main axis of growth in the grapevine and similar plants: a lateral branch that arises from just behind the apex of the main stem, which ceases to grow, and continues growing in the same direction as the main stem. Compare monopodium
[C19: from New Latin, from syn- + Greek podion a little foot, from pous foot]
symˈpodial adj
symˈpodially adv


(sɪmˈpoʊ di əm)

n., pl. -di•a (-di ə)
a stem that is made up of the bases of a number of other stems that grow in succession, as in the grapevine.
[1860–65; < New Latin < Greek sym- sym- + pódion small foot, base; see podium]
sym•po′di•al, adj.
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Thus, to simulate the writing on the traditional classroom chalkboard, capture the writing, and transmit it to distant students in real time, hybrid class instructors used either Saba's built-in whiteboard functionality accessible from Sympodium graphics tablets or wall-hung whiteboards with attached Mimio and special electronic markers.
Application of image tomography for determination of gas flow parameters in aeration proces, 5th Internation Sympodium on Process Tomography in Poland, 25-26 August Zakopane.
Sporangiophores were irregularly branched singly or in a loose sympodium with a swelling at the point of branching.
Weigel, "Analysis of system parameters of a six-port communications receiver with analog I/Q regeneration," International Sympodium on Signal, Systems and Electronics, 375-378.
The instructor writes all lectures on a smartboard or a sympodium.
During the day-long interactive training program -- titled 'Teach @ the speed of light - the participating teachers were given a demonstration of various SMART products, including Smart Board, Sympodium, Senteo, Airliner and Notebook 10.
The program is compatible with the teacher edition, as well as all SMART interactive whiteboards and displays, Senteo response systems, Sympodium interactive pen displays, and AirLiner wireless slates.
The software works with Smart Board interactive whiteboards, Smart Board interactive displays, Sympodium interactive pen displays, and other training or meeting room products such as computers, DVDs and document cameras.
The sympodium is part of lecturer's podium and, like the whiteboard display, projects notes and inputs on the auditorium screen.
She said the company chose this high school because it's outfitted with numerous SMART products, including 90 Sympodium interactive pen displays, 10 Airliner wireless slates, many front and rear projection SMART Board interactive whiteboards and a SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system.
The Smartboard and Sympodium projection systems, whiteboards, computers, monitors, desks, and chairs at the course location sites are all brand new.
If, at each fork, one of the two branches becomes stronger than the other, a sympodium will result, with an apparent main axis composed of one of the two forks.