Definition of hypha in English:


nounplural noun hyphae/-fē/

  • Each of the branching filaments that make up the mycelium of a fungus.

    ‘In addition, many fungi are able to parasitize spores, sclerotia, or hyphae of other fungi, resulting in biocontrol.’
    • ‘They are unique among bacteria in that they grow as branching hyphae similar to fungi as they gather nutrients from the soil.’
    • ‘He also saw live dry rot in the form of mycelium and hyphae strands in the core of the brickwork.’
    • ‘Faint brown septate hyphae and moniliform fungal elements were found in the granuloma.’
    • ‘In return, the fungi's hairlike filaments, called hyphae, extend the reach of plant roots.’



/ˈhīfə/ /ˈhaɪfə/


Mid 19th century modern Latin, from Greek huphē ‘web’.