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Definition of "enation" [e•na•tion]

  • Botany An outgrowth on the surface of an organ. (noun)

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Use "enation" in a sentence
  • "For our present purpose hypertrophy may be considered as it affects the axile or the foliar organs, and also according to the way in which the increased size is manifested, as by increased thickness or swelling -- intumescence, or by augmented length-elongation, by expansion or flattening, or, lastly, by the formation of excrescences or outgrowths, which may be classed under the head of luxuriance or enation."
  • "In the following illustrations the course of development has not, in all cases, been observed, and hence the explanation here given must be taken with some reserve; for should it prove that the adventitious lobes, &c., are formed simultaneously with the ordinary petals, the case will be one of chorisis rather than of enation, as here understood."
  • "Whether these supernumerary petals are formed by chorisis or by enation cannot, with certainty, be determined without examining the early stages of development."
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