- 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.
stomata definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Variant of stoma
- 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: Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek mouth ; from Indo-European an unverified form stomen, mouth from source Avestan staman-, (dog's) mouth