[ frag-muh-plast ]
/ ˈfræg məˌplæst /

noun Botany.

the cytoplasmic structure that forms at the equator of the spindle after the chromosomes have divided during the anaphase of plant mitosis, and that initiates cell division.


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Also called cell plate.

Origin of phragmoplast

1910–15; < Greek phrágm(a) fence (see phragmites) + -o- + -plast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020