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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hī′fă, hī′fē


  1. A branching tubular cell characteristic of the filamentous fungi (molds). In most species the hyphae are divided by cross-walls (septa) into multicellular hyphae; intercommunicating hyphae constitute a mycelium, the visible colony on natural substrates or artificial laboratory media. The terms hypha and mycelium often are used interchangeably.
  2. Similar structure in some bacteria, e.g., Streptomyces.

[G. hyphē, a web]