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 (lŏk′yo͞ol) or loc·u·lus (-yə-ləs)
n. pl. loc·ules or loc·u·li (-lī′)
A small cavity or compartment within an organ or part of an animal or plant, as any of the cavities within a plant ovary.

[Latin loculus, little place, diminutive of locus, place.]
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(ˈlɒkjuːl) or


n, pl locules or loculi (ˈlɒkjʊˌlaɪ)
1. (Botany) botany any of the chambers of an ovary or anther
2. (Biology) biology any small cavity or chamber
[C19: New Latin, from Latin: compartment, from locus place]
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(ˈlɒk yul)

a small compartment or chamber, as the pollen-containing cavity within an anther. Also called loculus.
[1885–90; < French < Latin loculus; see loculus]
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Noun1.locule - a small cavity or space within an organ or in a plant or animal
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
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Internally, it is formed by four to eight locules, containing from 500 to 2,000 small and flattened seeds, protected by placental mucilage, in which one gram of seeds can collect 1,000 units (SILVA FILHO et al., 2013).
The fruits have one to several locules, each with a single seed, with or without specialized structures for germination, such as stopper-like opercula or valves that hinge open.
An urgent head CT scan was performed which revealed Pneumocephalus denoted by numerous left fronto-parietal extra axial air locules (Figure 1 and Figure 2).
VARGAS et al., (2015) studying 22 tomatoes accessions presented variation from 2 to 11 locules. ALVARENGA (2004) points out that the number of locules is directly proportional to the number of seeds present.
(3) Type 2 cysts may also be multiloculated, and communication between locules and ventricles may be difficult to visualize and exclude.2,3 The imaging triad AVID (Asymmetric Ventriculomegaly, Interhemispheric cyst, and Dysgenesis of the corpus callosum) has been proposed to aid with distinction from aqueductal stenosis and porencephaly.
These tomatoes are normally oval or cylindrical in shape, with notably fewer locules or seed compartments than standard round tomatoes and have mostly higher solid content, making them more fit for processing.
Panoramic radiograph revealed a multilocular radiolucent lesion extending from #33 to #43 and the locules were separated by sclerotic margins.
Seeds yellowish orange colour, irregular shape, covered with aril, 3 locules, 59-60 seed per fruit.
However, the optimal treatment of multiloculated abscesses is still a subject of debate, as the multiloculated PLA often contain viscid pus, or small locules of the abscesses cannot communicate with each other, which may make percutaneous drainage difficult [3-6].
A CT-guided fine needle biopsy of the right hip and psoas locules aspirated 100 mL of frank pus notable for a nucleated cell count of 344,000 (98% PMNs) with growth of E.
The ADNEX model uses nine predictors: There are three clinical variables as age, serum CA-125 level, and type of center (oncology referral center versus others) and six ultrasound variables as maximal diameter of the lesion, proportion of solid tissue, more than 10 cyst locules, number of papillary projections, acoustic shadows, and ascites.