endothecia

endothecium

[en-doh-thee-shee-uhm, -see-uhm]
noun, plural endothecia [en-doh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] . Botany.
1.
the lining of the cavity of an anther.
2.
(in mosses) the central mass of cells in the rudimentary capsule, from which the archespore is generally developed.
3.
(in bryophytes) the central mass of cells in the capsule, including the spores and columella.

Origin:
1825–35; endo- + thecium

endothecial [en-doh-thee-shee-uhl, -shuhl, -see-uhl] , adjective
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endothecium (ˌɛndəʊˈθiːʃɪəm, -sɪəm)
 
n , pl -cia
1.  the inner mass of cells of the developing capsule in mosses
2.  the fibrous tissue of the inner wall of an anther
 
[C19: New Latin, from endo- + Greek thēkion case; see theca]
 
endo'thecial
 
adj

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