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[uh-na-truh-puh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. (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.
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Origin of anatropous

First recorded in 1840–50; ana- + -tropous
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Examples from the Web for anatropous

Historical Examples of anatropous

  • Ovary 1-celled, with an anatropous ovule; stigma sessile, entire.

    The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States

    Asa Gray

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for anatropous


  1. (of a plant ovule) inverted during development by a bending of the stalk (funicle) attaching it to the carpel wallCompare orthotropous
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Word Origin for anatropous

C19: from ana- (inverted) + -tropous
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