Share this entry

Share this page

mesophyll

Line breaks: meso|phyll
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛsə(ʊ)fɪl
 
, ˈmɛz-, ˈmiːs-, ˈmiːz-/

Definition of mesophyll in English:

noun

[mass 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'.

Definition of mesophyll in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence