from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Botany Growing straight, so that the micropyle is at the end opposite the stalk. Used of an ovule.

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  • adj. Growing straight and having the micropyle at the apex

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, growing vertically or straight: applied specifically to an ovule in which the chalaza is at the evident base, and the orifice at the opposite extremity, the whole ovule being straight and symmetrical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of a plant ovule) completely straight with the micropyle at the apex


ortho- +‎ tropous (Wiktionary)


  • The ancestral state in other characters is equivocal: e.g., bisexual vs. unisexual flowers, whorled vs. spiral floral phyllotaxis, presence vs. absence of tepal differentiation, anatropous vs. orthotropous ovules.

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