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 (ĭn-do͞o′zē-əm, -zhē-, -dyo͞o′-)
n. pl. in·du·si·a (-zē-ə, -zhē-ə)
An enclosing membrane, as that covering the sorus of a fern.

[Latin, tunic, perhaps alteration of Greek endusis, dress, from enduein, to sink into, put on : en-, in; see en-2 + duein, to sink.]


n, pl -sia (-zɪə)
1. (Botany) a membranous outgrowth on the undersurface of fern leaves that covers and protects the developing sporangia
2. (Zoology) an enveloping membrane, such as the amnion
[C18: New Latin, from Latin: tunic, from induere to put on]
inˈdusial adj


(ɪnˈdu zi əm, -ʒi əm, -ˈdyu-)

n., pl. -si•a (-zi ə, -ʒi ə)
1. Bot., Mycol. any of several structures having a netlike or skirtlike shape, as the membranous overgrowth covering the sori in ferns.
2. Anat., Zool.
a. an enveloping layer or membrane.
b. a thin layer of gray matter on the corpus callosum.
[1700–10; < New Latin; Latin: kind of tunic]
in•du′si•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indusium - a membrane enclosing and protecting the developing spores especially that covering the sori of a fernindusium - a membrane enclosing and protecting the developing spores especially that covering the sori of a fern
covering, natural covering, cover - a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover"
sorus - cluster of sporangia usually on underside of a fern frond
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Which of the following is an element: indium, indusium or indumentum?
The midline glial structures mainly consist of four structures: the glial wedge (GW), the indusium griseum (IG), the midline zipper (MZ), and the glial sling (GS) [8, 16] (Figure 1).
Sporangia ovoid, 60-100 [micro]m in diam., with indusium, located along the concentric bands near the apical margin only on one side of the blades.
The dorsal extension of the hippocampus (the indusium griseum--also called the supracallosal gyrus) comprises two thin grey-matter strips that overlay the corpus callosum; it is a vestigial structure of unknown function in the postnatal brain.
Each sorus may be covered with a membrane-like protective layer called the indusium. When the spores mature, the indusium shrivels or breaks, and the spores are released.

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