[ mez-uh-kahrp, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh- ]

  1. the middle layer of pericarp, as the fleshy part of certain fruits.

Origin of mesocarp

First recorded in 1840–50; meso- + -carp

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How to use mesocarp in a sentence

  • The cells of the mesocarp become as large as 100 µ broad, but in the inner parts of the layer they become very much flattened.

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  • The stone enclosing the kernel is called the endocarp, while the pulpy or succulent part is called the mesocarp.

  • mesocarp, the middle part of a pericarp, when that is distinguishable into three layers, 120.

British Dictionary definitions for mesocarp


/ (ˈmɛsəʊˌkɑːp) /

  1. the middle layer of the pericarp of a fruit, such as the flesh of a peach

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Scientific definitions for mesocarp


[ mĕzə-kärp′ ]

  1. The middle, often fleshy layer of the pericarp, such as the yellow flesh of the peach. Compare endocarp exocarp.

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