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adjective Biology.
  1. projecting beyond the surrounding parts, as a stamen.
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Origin of exserted

First recorded in 1810–20; exsert + -ed2


verb (used with object)
  1. to thrust out.
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  1. thrust out; exserted.
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Origin of exsert

1655–65; < Latin exsertus stretched out, put forth, variant of exertus; see exert
Related formsex·ser·tion, noun
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  1. (tr) to thrust out; protrude
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adjective Also: exserted
  1. protruded, stretched out, or (esp of stamens) projecting beyond the corolla of a flower
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Derived Formsexsertion, nounexsertile (ɛkˈsɜːtaɪl), adjective

Word Origin for exsert

C19: from Latin exserere to thrust out; see exert
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Word Origin and History for exserted



"to thrust forth, protrude," 1660s, biologists' variant of exert (q.v.).

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