micropyle

noun
mi·​cro·​pyle | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌpī(-ə)l How to pronounce micropyle (audio) \

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

Other Words from micropyle

micropylar \ ˌmī-​krə-​ˈpī-​lər How to pronounce micropyle (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of micropyle

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for micropyle

French, from micr- + Greek pylē gate

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“Micropyle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micropyle. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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micropyle

noun
mi·​cro·​pyle | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌpīl How to pronounce micropyle (audio) \

Medical Definition of micropyle

: a differentiated area of surface in an egg through which a sperm enters

Other Words from micropyle

micropylar \ ˌmī-​krə-​ˈpī-​lər How to pronounce micropyle (audio) \ adjective

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