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n. pl. pa·raph·y·ses (-sēz′)
One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.

[New Latin : para- + Greek phusis, nature, growth; see physic.]


n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
(Botany) any of numerous sterile cells occurring between the sex organs of mosses and algae and between the spore-producing bodies of basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi
[C19: New Latin from Greek: subsidiary growth, from para-1 + phusis growth]
paˈraphysate adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paraphysis - a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangiaparaphysis - a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangia; may be pointed or clubbed
fibril, filament, strand - a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
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5 Exact germline derivation of a colloid cyst has remained a debate although it has been suggested that these cysts are derived from the non-degenerated rudiments of the embryonic paraphysis.
5 u crassa, 4 [micron]m incrssata dorsalibus in paraphysis curvatis; sporiis flavidis, elipsoideis, 27-32 X 20-23 [micron]m; pariete 1.
Soris anamorphis in Milesia, hypophyllis, flavidis, primo poro centrali apertis tandem epidermis rupturibus; hymenio subepidermalibus, applanato; paraphysis in hymenio, hyalinis, globosis vel clavatis, 20-30 X 8-12 [micro]m; sporis brevi pedicelatis, flavidis, obovoideis vel elipsoideis, 20-24 X 16-22 [micro]m; pariete flavidi, 0.