secundine

[ sek-uh n-dahyn, -din ]
/ ˈsɛk ənˌdaɪn, -dɪn /

noun Botany.

the inner integument of an ovule.

Nearby words

  1. secularized,
  2. secularly,
  3. secund,
  4. secunderabad,
  5. secundigravida,
  6. secundines,
  7. secundipara,
  8. secundly,
  9. secundus,
  10. secure

Compare primine.

Origin of secundine

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin secundīnae (plural) afterbirth

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British Dictionary definitions for secundines

secundines

/ (ˈsɛkənˌdaɪnz, sɪˈkʌndɪnz) /

pl n

physiol a technical word for afterbirth

Word Origin for secundines

C14: from Late Latin secundīnae, from Latin secundus following; see second 1

secundine

/ (ˈsɛkənˌdaɪn, -dɪn) /

noun

botany rare one of the two integuments surrounding the ovule of a plant

Word Origin for secundine

C17: from Late Latin secundīnae, from Latin secundus following + -ine . See second 1

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Word Origin and History for secundines

secundine

n.

"afterbirth," from Late Latin secundinae (plural), from Latin secundae "the afterbirth," shortened from secundae membranae, literally "the second membranes," from secundus "second" (see second (adj.)). Related: Secundines.

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Medicine definitions for secundines

secundines

[ sē-kŭndīnz′, sĕkən-dīnz′ ]

pl.n.

afterbirth

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