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n. pl. hi·la (-lə)
a. The scar on a seed, such as a bean, indicating the point of attachment to the funiculus.
b. The nucleus of a starch grain.
2. The area through which ducts, nerves, or blood vessels enter and leave a gland or organ.
[Latin hīlum, trifle.]
hi′lar (-lər) adj.
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n, pl -la (-lə)
1. (Botany) botany
a. a scar on the surface of a seed marking its point of attachment to the seed stalk (funicle)
b. the nucleus of a starch grain
2. (Anatomy) a deep fissure or depression on the surface of a bodily organ around the point of entrance or exit of vessels, nerves, or ducts
[C17: from Latin: trifle; see nihil]
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n., pl. -la (-lə)
1. the scar remaining on a seed or spore at its point of former attachment.
2. the notch or recess where the vessels, nerves, etc., enter or emerge from a bodily part.
[1650–60; < New Latin; Latin: little thing, trifle; see nil]
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A mark or scar on a seed, such as a bean, showing where it was formerly attached to the plant.
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hilum- The scar on a seed marking the point where it was attached to its seed vessel.
See also related terms for marking.
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|Noun||1.||hilum - (anatomy) a depression or fissure where vessels or nerves or ducts enter a bodily organ; "the hilus of the kidney"|
fissure - (anatomy) a long narrow slit or groove that divides an organ into lobes
|2.||hilum - the scar on certain seeds marking its point of attachment to the funicle|
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
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n. L. hilio, depresión o apertura en un órgano que sirve de entrada o salida a nervios, vasos y conductos.
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