phragmoplast

noun

phrag·​mo·​plast ˈfrag-mō-ˌplast How to pronounce phragmoplast (audio)
: the enlarged barrel-shaped spindle that is characteristic of the later stages of plant mitosis and within which the cell plate forms

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary phragmo- (from Greek phragmos fence, from phrassein to enclose) + -plast

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phragmoplast was in 1912

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“Phragmoplast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phragmoplast. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

phragmoplast

noun
phrag·​mo·​plast ˈfrag-mō-ˌplast How to pronounce phragmoplast (audio)
: the enlarged barrel-shaped spindle that is characteristic of the later stages of plant mitosis and within which the cell plate forms
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