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Definition of "suspensor" [sus•pen•sor]

  • Botany A multicellular filamentous structure developed from a zygote in seed-bearing plants and connecting the embryo to the endosperm. (noun)
  • An athletic supporter. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "suspensor" in a sentence
  • "The germinal vesicle now secretes a wall, divides into two parts, and while the rest of the embyro-sac fills with endosperm cells, it produces by cell division from the upper half a short row of cells termed a suspensor, and from the lower half a mass of cells constituting the embryo."
  • "Operating long-dormant controls, he managed to get the dual bank of suspensor engines functioning."
  • "In Dicotyledons the shoot of the embryo is wholly derived from the terminal cell of the pro-embryo, from the next cell the root arises, and the remaining ones form the suspensor."
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