Definition of mesocarp in US English:



  • The middle layer of the pericarp of a fruit, between the endocarp and the exocarp.

    • ‘In peach fruit, cell numbers in the mesocarp and endocarp appear to be fixed several weeks after full bloom, and subsequent growth of the fruit is exclusively supported by cell enlargement and formation of intercellular spaces.’
    • ‘The fruit is a one-seeded drupe consisting of a fleshy exocarp and mesocarp and a hard endocarp that is united with the seed coat.’
    • ‘Changes of cell number and cell length of the mesocarp along the equatorial region during fruit development in three Japanese pear cultivars.’
    • ‘In part, the large mesocarp of ripe fruits can be viewed as a necessary cost to the plant to facilitate caching behavior by the rodent.’
    • ‘In tomato, large endoreduplicated cells are located in the mesocarp.’
    • ‘Wet masses of the exocarp, mesocarp, and endocarp were also measured on twenty ripe fallen fruits.’
    • ‘Primates generally consume fruits described as fleshy-that is, fruits with an obvious edible mesocarp and usually notable sugar and water.’
    • ‘Between this outer husk and the nut is a thick, loose layer of coarse brown fibres, the mesocarp.’
    • ‘Differences in fruit size between peach cultivars have been shown to be due to differences in mesocarp cell count that are determined early in the growth of the ovary.’