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Meaning of tapetum

ta•pe•tum

Pronunciation: (tu-pē'tum), [key]
— pl. -ta
  1. a layer of cells often investing the archespore in a developing sporangium and absorbed as the spores mature.
  2. any of certain membranous layers or layered coverings, as in the choroid of the eyes of certain animals.
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