Definition of epicuticle in English:

Share this entry

epicuticle

Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪˌkjuːtɪk(ə)l/

noun

[mass noun] Botany & Zoology
The thin, waxy protective outer layer covering the surfaces of some plants, fungi, and insects and other arthropods.
Example sentences
  • The thin, soft upper layer of epicuticle is also absent from the surface of C. punctata, possibly due to abrasion or exfoliation, but present on the lower surface of each fungiform structure.
  • The waxy epicuticle protects against desiccation.
  • All possess an extremely thin epicuticle and a thick, massive outer exocuticle.

Derivatives

epicuticular

adjective
Example sentences
  • Striations of thick epicuticular wax are present on both adaxial and abaxial epidermal cells.
  • There are many other documented changes in shoot morphology which take place in the droughted plant (e.g. changed stomatal differentiation, synthesis of epicuticular waxes, formation of thorns, hairs etc).
  • For instance, compared with those of seedlings or acclimated plantlets, leaves of in vitro-regenerated plantlets have little epicuticular wax and stoma functioning is often altered.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: epi|cuticle

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.