An ascomycetous fruiting body composed of loosely interwoven hyphae. [G. gymnos, naked, + thekion, case, dim. fr. theke, box]

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gym·no·the·ci·um (jim″no-theґse-əm) a type of fruiting body (ascocarp) composed of a loose network of mycelia through which ascospores filter and are released at maturity; its reproductive organs are in the form of naked asci. Seen in fungi of the family Gymnoascaceae.

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