embryo-sac

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embryo sac  
An oval structure within an ovule of an angiosperm that contains the egg. Together with the fertilized egg, it develops into a seed. The embryo sac is the female gametophyte of angiosperms, consisting of eight nuclei: the egg and two adjacent and short-lived synergids that are near the micropyle (the opening where the pollen nuclei will enter), two central nuclei (which will combine with one of the pollen nuclei to form the endosperm), and three antipodal nuclei at the end of the embryo sac opposite the micropyle. Like the synergids, these nuclei degenerate at or shortly after fertilization. See more at gametophyte, pollination.

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