Entophyte

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Entophyte (Med) A vegetable parasite subsisting in the interior of the body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n entophyte A plant growing within an animal or another plant, usually as a parasite. Entophytes are chiefly parasitic fungi, and in use the term is not commonly employed except for those growing within animals. The commonest and most generally distributed entophytes are the bacteria, some of which are harmless and may occur in healthy animals; but many species produce diseases, especially contagious diseases. (See bacterium, Schizomycetes.) Certain groups of fungi are almost entirely entophytic in habit, as Cordyceps and the related forms of Isaria, the Entomophthoreæ, and others. (See cut under Cordyceps.) Also endophyte.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Entophyte en′to-fīt a parasitic plant which grows in a living animal
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ento-, + Gr. a plant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. enton, within, and phyton, a plant.