[ si-nur-jid, sin-er- ]

  1. one of two small cells that lie inside the embryo sac of a flowering plant and nourish the ovum.

Origin of synergid

First recorded in 1875–80; from Greek synerg(ós) “working together” + -id2; see synergism

Other words from synergid

  • syn·er·gid·al, adjective

Words Nearby synergid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Scientific definitions for synergid


[ sĭ-nûrjĭd, sĭnər- ]

  1. One of two small, short-lived nuclei lying near the egg in the mature embryo sac of a flowering plant. The synergids are part of the egg apparatus and are thought to help the pollen nucleus reach the egg cell for fertilization. See more at egg apparatus embryo sac.

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