Hepaticae

plural noun He·pat·i·cae \ |əˌsē \

Definition of Hepaticae

: a class of Bryophyta comprising the liverworts and being distinguished from Musci by the presence of a usually thalloid gametophyte that is not produced from a protonema, unicellular rhizoids and elaters, and antheridia and archegonia that are borne on the thallus and produce a short-lived and simple sporophyte — compare anthocerotales , jungermanniales , marchantiales , sphaerocarpales

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Origin and Etymology of hepaticae

New Latin, from Medieval Latin hepaticae, plural of hepatica liverwort


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