schizophyte

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

schizo- (split, cleft) +‎ -phyte (plant)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈskɪtsəʊˌfaɪt/

Noun[edit]

schizophyte (plural schizophytes)

  1. (dated, biology) Any of a class of primitive organisms that reproduce solely by fission.
    • 1940, Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science, volume 81, page 14:
      Of 100 flagellates observed, stained so as to demonstrate Fusiformis unmistakably, 22 had an abundance of the schizophyte, 78 had none or very few. Many flagellates had a few forms identical in appearance with Fusiformis hilli adherent by one end to the posterior end of the body.

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