lenticel definition by Webster's New World
a spongy area in the bark of a woody plant, serving as a pore to permit the exchange of gases between the stem and the atmosphere
Origin: Modern Latin lenticella, diminutive ; from Classical Latin lens (gen. lentis), lentil
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- lenticellate adjective
lenticel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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One of the small, corky pores or narrow lines on the surface of the stems of woody plants that allow the interchange of gases between the interior tissue and the surrounding air.
Origin: New Latin lenticella, diminutive of lēns, lent-, lens; see lens.
- lenˌti·celˈlate adjective
lenticel - Science Definition
One of the small areas on the surface of the stems and roots of woody plants that allow the interchange of gases between the metabolically active interior tissue and the surrounding air or pockets of air in the soil. Lenticels are portions of the periderm that have numerous pores or intercellular spaces. They appear as raised circular or elongated areas. The dark lines in birch bark and the tiny dots sometimes seen on skin of apples and pears are lenticels.