Meaning of loculus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɒkjʊləs/

nounplural noun loculi/ˈlɒkjʊlʌɪ/ /ˈlɒkjʊliː/

  • Each of a number of small separate cavities, especially in an ovary; a locule.

    ‘No vascular tissue was present in the septum, which forms a partition in the pod cavity between the two loculi.’
    • ‘In early stages, septa in cardinal quadrants fully dilated; septa in cardinal quadrants less dilated, locally separated by moderately wide interseptal loculi.’
    • ‘Lacking an extensive vacuolization phase, meiocytes of the same tetrads stay together until the anther opens and the loculus reduces and disappears.’
    • ‘In the earliest stage available, septa in the cardinal quadrants form an uninterrupted septal stereozone; those of the counter quadrants are also heavily dilated, leaving very narrow interseptal loculi.’
    • ‘In maize, the stomium is located at the meeting point of the two loculi that make up each half anther.’


Early 17th century (denoting a small chamber or cell in an ancient tomb): from Latin, ‘compartment’, diminutive of locus ‘place’.