[ uh-na-truh-puh s ]
/ əˈnæ trə pəs /

adjective Botany.

(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

First recorded in 1840–50; ana- + -tropous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for anatropous

/ (əˈnætrəpəs) /


(of a plant ovule) inverted during development by a bending of the stalk (funicle) attaching it to the carpel wallCompare orthotropous

Word Origin for anatropous

C19: from ana- (inverted) + -tropous
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