phyto-, phyt-, -phyte
(Greek: a plant; growth; growing in a specified way or place; to produce)
2. A controllable artificial environment used for the study of plants under well-defined conditions.
Many orchids and also some ferns and many mosses, liverworts, lichens, and algæ are examples.2. In zoology, a fungus parasitic on the skin and its appendages or on mucous surfaces of humans and other animals, causing disease; a dermatophyte.
2. An instrument that uses protons instead of electrons to form the image of minute or tiny objects for viewing.
The protophytes (Protophyta) are by some botanists considered an independent branch or class of the vegetable kingdom, and made to include the lowest forms of both fungi and algae; such as, slime molds, Bacteria, the nostocs, etc.