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 (rā′fīd) also ra·phis (-fĭs)
n. pl. raph·i·des (răf′ĭ-dēz′) or ra··phis·es
One of a bundle of needlelike crystals of calcium oxalate occurring in many plant cells.

[French, sing. of raphides, from New Latin, from Greek rhaphides, pl. of rhaphis, needle, from rhaptein, to sew; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈreɪfaɪd) or


n, pl raphides (ˈræfɪˌdiːz)
(Biochemistry) any of numerous needle-shaped crystals, usually of calcium oxalate, that occur in many plant cells as a metabolic product
[C18: from French, from Greek rhaphis needle]
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