[ 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.
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Origin of sessile
OTHER WORDS FROM sessileses·sil·i·ty [se-sil-i-tee] /sɛˈsɪl ɪ ti/, nounpseu·do·ses·sile, adjectivesub·ses·sile, adjective
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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 sessilesessility (sɛˈsɪlɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for sessile
C18: from Latin sēssilis concerning sitting, from sedēre to sit
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Medical definitions for subsessile
[ sĕs′īl′, -əl ]
Permanently attached or fixed; not free-moving.
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Scientific definitions for subsessile
[ sĕs′īl′ ]
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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