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hamathecium (noun, pl. hamathecia;ascocarp term) – the interascal or pre-ascal hyphae, a term referring to all hyphae developing between asci of the hymenium, whether of ascohymenial or ascolocular origin; some ascomycetes do not form interascal hyphae, their hymenium is entirely composed only of asci, they lack a hamathecium. Related terms: interascal pseudoparenchyma, paraphysis, paraphysoid, pseudoparaphysis, periphysis, periphysoid, pre-ascal hypha.

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