hilum


noun, plural hi·la [hahy-luh] /ˈhaɪ lə/.

  1. Botany.
    1. the mark or scar on a seed produced by separation from its funicle or placenta.
    2. the nucleus of a granule of starch.
  2. Mycology. a mark or scar on a spore at the point of attachment to the spore-bearing structure.
  3. Anatomy. the region at which the vessels, nerves, etc., enter or emerge from a part.

noun plural -la (-lə)

  1. botany
    1. a scar on the surface of a seed marking its point of attachment to the seed stalk (funicle)
    2. the nucleus of a starch grain
  2. a deep fissure or depression on the surface of a bodily organ around the point of entrance or exit of vessels, nerves, or ducts
n.

Latin, literally “little thing, shred, trifle.” Related: Hilar.

n. pl. hi•la (-lə)

  1. A depression or slit-like opening through which nerves, ducts, or blood vessels enter and leave in an organ or a gland.porta

Plural hila

  1. A mark or scar on a seed, such as a bean, showing where it was formerly attached to the plant. The hilum indicates the point of attachment of the funiculus.
  2. A depression or opening through which nerves, ducts, or blood vessels pass in an organ or a gland, as in the medial aspect of the lungs or the kidneys .

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