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- ‘Several sheaths have a refringent, transparent central lumen and appear empty.’
- ‘Droplets of extractives only appeared in the inner ring of sapwood in some cells of the ray parenchyma as small refringent bodies.’
- ‘These were filled with mature, refringent spores, as observed under the microscope (not shown).’
Late 18th century: from Latin refringent-, literally ‘breaking again’, from the verb refringere.
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