micropyle


mi·cro·pyle

noun \ˈmī-krə-ˌpī(-ə)l\

Definition of MICROPYLE

1
:  a minute opening in the integument of an ovule of a seed plant
2
:  a differentiated area of surface in an egg through which a sperm enters
mi·cro·py·lar \ˌmī-krə-ˈpī-lər\ adjective

Origin of MICROPYLE

French, from micr- + Greek pylē gate
First Known Use: 1821

mi·cro·pyle

noun \ˈmī-krə-ˌpīl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MICROPYLE

: a differentiated area of surface in an egg through which a sperm enters
mi·cro·py·lar \ˌmī-krə-ˈpī-lər\ adjective

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