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hypocotyl

[ hahy-puh-kot-l ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒt l /
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noun Botany.
the part of a plant embryo directly below the cotyledons, forming a connection with the radicle.
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Origin of hypocotyl

First recorded in 1875–80; hypo- + cotyl(edon)

OTHER WORDS FROM hypocotyl

hy·po·cot·y·lous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypocotyl

hypocotyl
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈkɒtɪl) /

noun
the part of an embryo plant between the cotyledons and the radicle

Derived forms of hypocotyl

hypocotylous, adjective

Word Origin for hypocotyl

C19: from hypo- + cotyl (edon)
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Scientific definitions for hypocotyl

hypocotyl
[ hīpə-kŏt′l ]

The part of a plant embryo or seedling that lies between the radicle and the cotyledons. Upon germination, the hypocotyl pushes the cotyledons above the ground to develop. It eventually becomes part of the plant stem. Most seed-bearing plants have hypocotyls, but the grasses have different, specialized structures.
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