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mesophyll

Syllabification: mes·o·phyll
Pronunciation: /ˈmezəˌfil, ˈmē-
 
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Definition of mesophyll in English:

noun

Botany
The inner tissue (parenchyma) of a leaf, containing many chloroplasts.
Example sentences
  • Thus, elements of the guard cell's response to stress are present in mesophyll and xylem parenchyma cells.
  • Inactivation of plastids in the leaf mesophyll, which normally contains the majority of chloroplasts would be the most easily identified.
  • Light dependence of zeaxanthin formation in hypocotyl and mesophyll chloroplasts of Arabidopsis seedlings

Origin

mid 19th century: from meso- 'middle' + Greek phullon 'leaf'.

Derivatives

mesophyllic

1
Pronunciation: /ˌmezəˈfilik, ˌmē-/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In the mesophyllic digester, the reduction rate averaged 95%, and in the thermophilic digester, 99.8%.
  • A thermophilic chamber in the center of the tank is surrounded by the mesophyllic chamber to minimize and utilize conductive heat loss.
  • We have already noted earlier that the most mesophyllic species of this section is S. extremiorientalis Hara and, based on the structure of its callus, it is clearly related to Achnatherum.

mesophyllous

2
Pronunciation: /ˌmezəˈfiləs, ˌmē-/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In the south-eastern part of the region the mesophyllous belt is represented by ash and hornbeam.
  • Proper management of the mesophyllous montane forests is essential to maintain their catchment of rainfall.
  • In more humid areas, an exuberant mesophyllous mountain forest with several strata and abundant climbers and epiphytes.

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