phyllode

noun phyl·lode \ ˈfi-ˌlōd \

Definition of phyllode

: a flat expanded petiole that replaces the blade of a foliage leaf, fulfills the same functions, and is analogous to a cladophyll

Origin and Etymology of phyllode

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


Medical Dictionary

phyllode

adjective phyl·lode \ ˈfil-ˌōd \

medical Definition of phyllode

: having a cross section that resembles a leaf
  • phyllode tumors of the breast

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up phyllode? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!