- Stomata are very small openings in membranes, particularly in plants, through which water and gas pass.
An example of stomata are microscopic pores in leaves where plants release gases.
A plural of stoma.
- Plural form of stoma
Variant of stoma
nounpl. stomata or stomas
- Bot. a microscopic opening in the epidermis of plants, surrounded by guard cells and serving for gaseous exchange
- Zool. a mouth or mouthlike opening; esp., an ingestive opening in lower invertebrates
Origin of stomaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek mouth ; from Indo-European an unverified form stomen, mouth from source Avestan staman-, (dog's) mouth