Definition of lenticel in English:


Line breaks: len¦ti|cel
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛntɪsɛl


  • One of many raised pores in the stem of a woody plant that allows gas exchange between the atmosphere and the internal tissues.
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    • Both root system and trunk have lenticels (gas exchange pores) and aerenchyma (interconnected air-filled spaces), the former features comprising up to 51% of the volume of some mangrove roots.
    • This tissue probably aided photosynthetic gas exchange much like the lenticels of modern trees.
    • Finally, long-term morphological changes are induced, such as the formation of lenticels and aerenchyma to improve the oxygen permeability of the tissue.


mid 19th century: from modern Latin lenticella, diminutive of Latin lens, lent- 'lentil'.

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