Definition of Mycelium

1. Noun. The vegetative part of a fungus consisting of a mass of branching threadlike hyphae.

Group relationships: Fungus
Terms within: Hypha
Specialized synonyms: Sclerotium
Generic synonyms: Plant Part, Plant Structure

Definition of Mycelium

1. n. The white threads or filamentous growth from which a mushroom or fungus is developed; the so-called mushroom spawn.

Definition of Mycelium

1. Noun. The vegetative part of any fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, threadlike hyphae, often underground. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Mycelium

1. the vegetative portion of a fungus [n -LIA] : MYCELIAL, MYCELIAN, MYCELOID [adj]

Medical Definition of Mycelium

1. Mass of hyphae that constitutes the vegetative part of a fungus (the conspicuous part in most cases is the fruiting body). This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Mycelium Pictures

Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Mycelium Images

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mycelium

myasthenic reaction
myasthenic syndrome
myc proteins
mycelium (current term)
mycetism cerebralis
mycetism choliformis
mycetism gastrointestinalis
mycetism nervosa
mycetism sanguinareus

Literary usage of Mycelium

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"mycelium filamentous, mostly saprophytic. ... mycelium thalloid of two sorts, primary and secondary; apothecia borne on stalks ..."

2. The British Journal of Dermatology by British Association of Dermatology (1896)
"mycelium-threads in the substance of the hair. 6. Inner root- threads in the shaft are loosely arranged, so that it is presumably a portion of hair which ..."

3. Botanical Gazette by University of Chicago, JSTOR (Organization) (1918)
"This mycelium bears perithecia, sometimes setae. Occasional species sometimes have this coarse mycelium densely entwined with a very fine mycelium entirely ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1922)
"CHARLES D. WALCOTT, President STAINS FOR THE mycelium OP MOLDS AND OTHER FUNGI To THE EDITOR OF SCIENCE: Microscopic examinations to determine the extent to ..."

5. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1908)
"The structure of the mycelium and its general behavior are so much like those of the endophyte occurring in the strictly saprophytic gametophyte of the ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1916)
"To what depth are these organisms found to produce mycelium in the soil ? And finally, do all or at least most of the organisms isolated from the soil ..."

7. Text-book of the Diseases of Trees by Robert Hartig (1894)
"The mycelium has its first inception in a tubular outgrowth which is produced ... The cells of the mycelium are frequently filled with large drops of fat, ..."

Other Resources Relating to: Mycelium

Search for Mycelium on!Search for Mycelium on!Search for Mycelium on Google!Search for Mycelium on Wikipedia!