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[in-trawrs] /ɪnˈtrɔrs/
adjective, Botany.
turned or facing inward, as anthers that open toward the gynoecium.
Origin of introrse
1835-45; < Latin introrsus, contraction of *intrōversus toward the inside. See intro-, versus
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introrsely, adverb Unabridged
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(botany) turned inwards or towards the axis, as anthers that shed their pollen towards the centre of the flower
Derived Forms
introrsely, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin introrsus, contraction of intrōversus, from intro- + versus turned, from vertere to turn
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introrse in Science
Facing inwards toward the axis around which a flower is arranged. Used of anthers and the direction in which they open to release pollen.
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