Suspensor definition

sə-spĕnsər
(botany) A usually multicellular filamentous structure in seed plants and some pteridophytes that develops from the zygote and serves to transport nutrients to the embryo. It degenerates later in embryogenesis.
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An athletic supporter.
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(bot.) A cell or group of cells that forces the embryo of a higher plant into its food supply, the endosperm.
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The cord which suspends the embryo, and which is attached to the radicle in the young state; the proembryo.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
suspensor
Plural:
suspensors

Origin of suspensor

  • New Latin suspēnsor one that suspends from Latin suspēnsus past participle of suspendere to suspend suspend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition