Definition of enation in English:


Syllabification: e·na·tion
Pronunciation: /ēˈnāSHən


An outgrowth from the surface of a leaf or other part of a plant.
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  • The erect portion of the stem bears paired enations, outgrowths which look like miniature leaves, but unlike true leaves, the enations have no vascular tissue.
  • The current hypothesis for the origin of microphylls is called the enation theory, based on the idea that microphylls evolved through the vascularization of enations on the plant.
  • They probably developed leaves both by enations and by planation of a branching system.


mid 19th century: from Latin enatio(n-), from enasci 'issue forth'.

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