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 (ĕn′dō-thē′sē-əm, -shē-əm)
n. pl. en·do·the·ci·a (-sē-ə, -shē-ə)
The inner tissue of an anther or a moss capsule.

[New Latin endothēcium : endo- + Greek thēkion, diminutive of thēkē, chest, receptacle; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌɛndəʊˈθiːʃɪəm; -sɪəm)
n, pl -cia (-ʃɪə; -sɪə)
1. (Botany) the inner mass of cells of the developing capsule in mosses
2. (Botany) the fibrous tissue of the inner wall of an anther
[C19: New Latin, from endo- + Greek thēkion case; see theca]
ˌendoˈthecial adj


(ˌɛn doʊˈθi ʃi əm, -si əm)

n., pl. -ci•a (-ʃi ə, -si ə)
1. the lining of the cavity of an anther in a flower.
2. the inner lining of the capsule in mosses.
[1825–35; endo- + New Latin thecium < Greek thḗkion; see theca]
en`do•the′ci•al (-ʃi əl, -ʃəl) adj.
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The endothecial cells elongated gradually and acquired a thick fibrous shell at anthesis (Fig.
Most of the new taxa were established based on micromorphological characters, such as the configuration of the endothecial cells in the filament collar of the anther, the distribution of the stigmatic area on the style branches, the presence of calcium oxalate crystals in the ovary, and the cellular structure of the carpopodium (Wetter, 1983; Vincent, 1996).
1992), the endothecial thickening is polarized (Dormer, 1962) in Mutisioideae.
Flowers are susceptible to heat 9 to 7 d before anthesis, and the injury involves premature degeneration of the tapetum and lack of endothecial development (Ahmed et al.