micropyle

noun

mi·​cro·​pyle ˈmī-krə-ˌpī(-ə)l How to pronounce micropyle (audio)
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
micropylar adjective

Examples of micropyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists think the fungus enters the orchid seed through a very small opening in the seed wall called a micropyle. BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2021

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Word History

Etymology

French, from micr- + Greek pylē gate

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of micropyle was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Micropyle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micropyle. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

micropyle

noun
mi·​cro·​pyle ˈmī-krə-ˌpīl How to pronounce micropyle (audio)
: a differentiated area of surface in an egg through which a sperm enters
micropylar adjective
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