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Hypocotyl  [ Botany  ]

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  The part of the stem of an embryo or of a seedling between the radicle and the cotyledons.  
[ From Greek hypo = below + cotyledon ]

The hypocotyl is the equivalent of the stem in a germinating seedling. The vegetative axis below the cotyledons and above the radicle, which is responsible for initial upward elongation growth and develops into the stem.


See also: Epicotyl





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