Definition of oil body in English:

oil body


  • 1Botany Microbiology
    (in various eukaryotic microorganisms and plant tissues) an intracellular inclusion consisting of a core of neutral lipids surrounded by a membrane monolayer of phospholipids.

  • 2Botany
    An oil-containing appendage (also called an elaiosome) which occurs near the hilum of some seeds; an aril, caruncle, or strophiole.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Botanical Gazette. After German Oelkörper.