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  1. a suspensory ligament, bandage, etc.
  2. Botany. a cellular structure, developed along with the embryo in seed-bearing plants, that bears the embryo at its apex and by elongation carries the embryo to its food source.
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Origin of suspensor

1740–50; < New Latin suspēnsor, equivalent to suspend-, stem of suspendere to suspend + -tor -tor, with dt > s
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Historical Examples of suspensor

  • The embryo e, with its suspensor, is contained in the sac, the radicle pointing to the micropyle m.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3


  • The first root and the stem arise from the cells next the suspensor.

British Dictionary definitions for suspensor


  1. another name for suspensory (def. 1)
  2. botany (in a seed) a row of cells attached to the embryo plant, by means of which it is pushed into the endosperm
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