raphide

noun raph·ide \ ˈra-ˌfīd \

Definition of raphide

plural raphides play \ˈra-ˌfīdz, ˈra-fə-ˌdēz\
: any of the needle-shaped crystals usually of calcium oxalate that develop as metabolic by-products in plant cells

Origin and Etymology of raphide

French & New Latin; French raphide, from New Latin raphides, plural, from Greek rhaphides, plural of rhaphid-, rhaphis needle, from rhaptein


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