[ suh-spen-ser ]
/ səˈspɛn sər /
a suspensory ligament, bandage, etc.
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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Example sentences from the Web for suspensor
The first root and the stem arise from the cells next the suspensor.Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany|Douglas Houghton Campbell
The embryo e, with its suspensor, is contained in the sac, the radicle pointing to the micropyle m.
British Dictionary definitions for suspensor
/ (səˈspɛnsə) /
another name for suspensory (def. 1)
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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