phyl·​lode ˈfi-ˌlōd How to pronounce phyllode (audio)
: a flat expanded petiole that replaces the blade of a foliage leaf, fulfills the same functions, and is analogous to a cladophyll

Word History


New Latin phyllodium, from Greek phyllōdēs like a leaf, from phyllon leaf

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phyllode was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Phyllode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


phyl·​lode ˈfil-ˌōd How to pronounce phyllode (audio)
: having a cross section that resembles a leaf
phyllode tumors of the breast
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