endospermnoun [ U ]uk /ˈen.dəʊ.spɜːm/ us /ˈen.doʊ.spɝːm/ specialized
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- As a rule the embryo is very small and surrounded by abundant endosperm.
- In cases where the embryo has stored reserve food within itself and thus provided for self-nutrition, such endosperm as remains in the seed may take on other functions, for instance, that of water-absorption.
- The formation of endosperm starts, as has been stated, from the endosperm nucleus.
- The function of the endosperm is primarily that of nourishing the embryo, and its basal position in the embryo-sac places it favourably for the absorption of food material entering the ovule.
- This apparently profitable machine permitted the miller to efficiently separate wheat flour into three components: bran, germ and endosperm.