phragmoplast

phragmoplast

[frag-muh-plast]
noun Botany.
the cytoplasmic structure that forms at the equator of the spindle after the chromosomes have divided during the anaphase of plant mitosis, and that initiates cell division.
Also called cell plate.


Origin:
1910–15; < Greek phrágm(a) fence (see phragmites) + -o- + -plast

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