Meaning of hilum

hi•lum

Pronunciation: (hī'lum), [key]
— pl. -la
    1. the mark or scar on a seed produced by separation from its funicle or placenta.
    2. the nucleus of a granule of starch.
  1. a mark or scar on a spore at the point of attachment to the spore-bearing structure.
  2. the region at which the vessels, nerves, etc., enter or emerge from a part.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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