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n. pl. hy·phae (-fē)
1. Any of the threadlike filaments forming the mycelium of a fungus.
2. Any of the threadlike filaments produced by certain bacteria.

[New Latin, from Greek huphē, web; see webh- in Indo-European roots.]

hy′phal adj.
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chrysogenum mostly form white loose cottony hyphae producing white and gray colonies and over grows in moist environment at 25AdegC-28AdegC.
WAIK0L0A, HAWAII -- The work-up of a case of onychomycosis doesn't end with the detection of fungal hyphae.
Microscopic examination showed that the fragments removed during the surgery revealed multifocal areas of necrosis and eosinophilic material (similarly to the Splendore-Hoeppli reaction) with negative images, morphologically suggestive of hyphae (Figure 1A) in the dermis, panicle, and adjacent musculature.
Note the branching filamentous hyphae, abundant aerial mycelia, and long chains of small spores.
These insects must hold the record for hibernation, for they were frozen in an ice film even in midsummer, until I turned them toward the sun, when they moved slowly among the moss hyphae.
The growth phase includes germination of a conidiospores and form a network of interconnected hyphae known as a mycelium.
Its classification is based on anastomosis groups, which is defined as the somatic, or vegetative, manifestation of incompatibility between hyphae of different isolates of R.solani (Sneh et al., 1996).
The ventricular lumen, subjacent glands, muscularis, serosa, and associated abdominal air sacs were expanded by multifocal to coalescing granulomas, which contained a solid mat of filamentous, branching, parallel-walled, dichotomous hyphae that were 3 to 6 pm wide and regularly septated within an amorphous eosinophilic necrotic matrix (Fig 2F).
Lamellar trama irregular with hyphae 3-6 [mu]m diam., smooth, hyaline in KOH (Fig.
ADD MICRORRHIZAL FUNGI Mycorrhizal fungi are the "Internet of the soil" because they literally connect roots through long, tentacle-like hyphae. They are a critical component to a healthy soil ecosystem.