- (of an ovule) inverted at an early stage of growth, so that the micropyle is turned toward the funicle and the embryonic root is at the opposite end.
Origin of anatropous
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Ovary 1-celled, with an anatropous ovule; stigma sessile, entire.
Anatropous ovule of a Violet, the parts lettered as in the last.
Seed of a Violet (anatropous): a, hilum; b, rhaphe; c, chalaza.
Seed of a Larkspur (also anatropous); the parts lettered as in the last.
Fertile flowers consisting of a single ovary tapering into a short style; stigmas 2–4, awl-shaped; ovule erect, anatropous.
- (of a plant ovule) inverted during development by a bending of the stalk (funicle) attaching it to the carpel wallCompare orthotropous
C19: from ana- (inverted) + -tropous
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