Haustorium meaning

hô-stôr'ē-əm
A specialized structure of a parasitic fungus or plant, used to absorb nutrients and water from the host plant.
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A rootlike outgrowth in certain parasitic plants, through which food is absorbed from the host.
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A specialized absorbing structure of a parasitic fungus or plant, such as the rootlike outgrowth of the dodder, that obtains food from a host plant. In parasitic fungi, haustoria are specialized hyphae that penetrate the cells of other organisms and absorb nutrients directly from them.
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A root of a parasitic plant modified to take nourishment from its host.
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Origin of haustorium

  • New Latin haustōrium from Latin haustus a drawing in, absorption from past participle of haurīre to draw up
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition