Meaning of laticifer in English:


Pronunciation /laˈtɪsɪfə/


  • A cell, tissue, or vessel that contains or conducts latex.

    ‘This problem could also be caused by the toxic exudates from damaged laticifers that affect the vascular tissues directly.’
    • ‘However, it should be noted that tyloses are reported in tracheids of some species of Pinus and even in such cell types as fibre-tracheids or laticifers.’
    • ‘This is no mother's milk, however, but a latex exuded by specialized structures, called laticifers, that are found throughout the plant.’
    • ‘The rupture of the laticifers stops the flow of latex to the margin of the leaf that is subsequently consumed by these beetles.’
    • ‘The method enabled the analysis of ionic currents of laticifer protoplasts of Hevea brasiliensis, root hair cells of Medicago sativa and guard cells of several species.’


Mid 19th century from Latin latex, latic- ‘fluid’ + -fer ‘bearing’.