One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A set of microtubules which forms during mitosis in some plant cells, appearing as a barrel-shaped structure linking the two sets of chromosomes after they have separated to the poles, and lasting until the formation of the cell plate.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Botanical Gazette. From German Phragmoplast from ancient Greek ϕράγμα fence, screen + German -o- + -plast.
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