[ ses-il, -ahyl ]
/ ˈsɛs ɪl, -aɪl /


Botany. attached by the base, or without any distinct projecting support, as a leaf issuing directly from the stem.
Zoology. permanently attached; not freely moving.

Origin of sessile

1715–25; < Latin sessilis fit for sitting on, low enough to sit on, dwarfish (said of plants), equivalent to sess(us) (past participle of sedēre to sit1) + -ilis -ile


ses·sil·i·ty [se-sil-i-tee] /sɛˈsɪl ɪ ti/, nounpseu·do·ses·sile, adjectivesub·ses·sile, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for subsessile

/ (ˈsɛsaɪl) /


(of flowers or leaves) having no stalk; growing directly from the stem
(of animals such as the barnacle) permanently attached to a substratum

Derived forms of sessile

sessility (sɛˈsɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for sessile

C18: from Latin sēssilis concerning sitting, from sedēre to sit
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Medicine definitions for subsessile

[ sĕsīl′, -əl ]


Permanently attached or fixed; not free-moving.
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Science definitions for subsessile

[ sĕsīl′ ]

Permanently attached or fixed and not free-moving, as corals and mussels.
Stalkless and attached directly at the base, as certain kinds of leaves and fruit.
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