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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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Sporangiophores were irregularly branched singly or in a loose sympodium with a swelling at the point of branching.
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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.