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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.]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loculus - 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


n. lóculo, cavidad pequeña.
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Cette congregation romaine statuera dans un decret du 10 avril 1668 que deux signes du martyr permettent de s'assurer que les ossements decouverts sont bien ceux d'un martyr et done dignes de veneration: la presence d'une palme gravee sur la tombe et la presence d'un vase dans le loculus ayant supposement renferme le sang du martyr.
No obstante, anterior a estos vocablos, no se conoce en latin clasico ni en las fuentes ningun termino concreto para estos objetos que se designaron genericamente como loculus, vocablo que parece ser el mas adecuado y comunmente aceptado a la hora de nominar estos objetos (Thedenat, 1904: 1292-1293).
3) Esophageal disruptions are well contained within the mediastinum or a pleural loculus.
Itaque darius persarum rex lapide sublato pecuniarum nihil invenuit, sed alias litteras reperit que hec dicerent ni malus vir esses, ac numis insaciabilis cadaverum loculus non moveres"; Foresti, De plurimis, fol.
Microspores and pollen grains are produced from pollen mother cells (Microsporocytes), PMCs within loculus anthers of the flower.
Both species have triangular ovaries in cross section, tricarpellary with one erect ovule per loculus, fixed at the basal region and of axial placentation, as verified by Weckerle and Rutishauser (2005).
Relationships between tapetum, loculus, and pollen during development.