[en-doh-thee-shee-uh m, -see-uh m]
noun, plural en·do·the·ci·a [en-doh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌɛn doʊˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/. Botany.
the lining of the cavity of an anther.
(in mosses) the central mass of cells in the rudimentary capsule, from which the archespore is generally developed.
(in bryophytes) the central mass of cells in the capsule, including the spores and columella.
Origin of endothecium
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noun plural -cia (-ʃɪə, -sɪə) botany
the inner mass of cells of the developing capsule in mosses
the fibrous tissue of the inner wall of an anther
Word Origin for endothecium
C19: New Latin, from endo- + Greek thēkion case; see theca
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