One of two small cells lying near the egg in the mature embryo sac of a flowering plant.
Either of the two cells that lie alongside of the egg cell in the embryo sac of flowering plants.
One of two small, short-lived nuclei lying near the egg in the mature embryo sac of a flowering plant. The synergids are part of the egg apparatus and are thought to help the pollen nucleus reach the egg cell for fertilization.
Other Word Forms
Origin of synergid
- New Latin synergida from Greek sunergos working together synergism
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition