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hilum


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hilum  \Hi"lum\,  n.  [L.,  a  little  thing  trifle.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  The  eye  of  a  bean  or  other  seed;  the  mark  or  scar 
  at  the  point  of  attachment  of  an  ovule  or  seed  to  its  base 
  or  support;  --  called  also  {hile}. 
 
  2.  (Anat.)  The  part  of  a  gland,  or  similar  organ,  where  the 
  blood  vessels  and  nerves  enter  the  hilus;  as  the  hilum 
  of  the  kidney. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hilum 
  n  1:  (anatomy)  a  depression  or  fissure  where  vessels  or  nerves  or 
  ducts  enter  an  organ:  "the  hilum  of  the  kidney";  "hilum 
  of  the  lung"  [syn:  {hilus}] 
  2:  the  scar  on  certain  seeds  marking  its  point  of  attachment  to 
  the  funicle 




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