anatropous

[ uh-na-truh-puhs ]
/ 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.

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Origin of anatropous

First recorded in 1840–50; ana- + -tropous
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British Dictionary definitions for anatropous

anatropous
/ (əˈnætrəpəs) /

adjective

(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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