Synergid definition

sĭ-nûrjĭd, sĭnər-
One of two small cells lying near the egg in the mature embryo sac of a flowering plant.
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Either of the two cells that lie alongside of the egg cell in the embryo sac of flowering plants.
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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.
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(botany) Either of two naked nucleated cells at the top of the embryo sac that cooperate with the oosphere in the production of the embryo.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
synergid
Plural:
synergids

Origin of synergid

  • New Latin synergida from Greek sunergos working together synergism

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