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n. pl. mon·o·po·di·a (-dē-ə)
A main axis of a plant, such as the trunk of a spruce, that maintains a single line of growth, giving off lateral branches.
[New Latin, from Late Latin monopodius, one-footed, from Greek monopous : mono-, mono- + pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]
mon′o·po′di·al (-dē-əl) adj.
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(Pathology) a physical deformity in which the lower limbs appear to be fused together
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