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[mass noun] Protein stored as granules in the cells of plant seeds:[as modifier] ‘aleurone grains’
- ‘The endosperm, the largest organ in the seed, is surrounded by a single layer of cells, the aleurone layer.’
- ‘Expression was more obvious in aleurone cells, the endosperm cells lining the maternal seed coat.’
- ‘Details of endosperm mobilization and aleurone cell death were first described in the nineteenth century by Haberlandt.’
- ‘Only intact embryos with no starch or aleurone tissue adhering to the scutellar tissue were used.’
- ‘Endosperm refers to the rest of the seed, i.e. the seed coat, pericarp, aleurone layer, and starchy endosperm.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek aleuron flour.
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