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of, relating to, or belonging to the Malpighiaceae, a family of tropical plants many of which are lianas


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  • Malpighian

    [mahl-pee-gee] /mɑlˈpi gi/ noun 1. Marcello [mahr-chel-law] /mɑrˈtʃɛl lɔ/ (Show IPA), 1628–94, Italian anatomist. /Italian malˈpiːɡi/ noun 1. Marcello (marˈtʃɛllo). 1628–94, Italian physiologist. A pioneer in microscopic anatomy, he identified the capillary system (1661) malpighian mal·pigh·i·an (māl-pĭg’ē-ən) adj. Of, relating to, or described by the Italian anatomist Marcello Malpighi. Malpighi Mal·pi·ghi (māl-pē’gē, mäl-), Marcello. 1628-1694. […]

  • Malpighian capsule

    malpighian capsule n.

  • Malpighian-corpuscle

    noun, Anatomy. 1. Also called kidney corpuscle, Malpighian body. the structure at the beginning of a vertebrate nephron, consisting of a glomerulus and its surrounding Bowman’s capsule. 2. a compact aggregation of lymphoid tissue surrounding an arteriole in the spleen. noun 1. (anatomy) an encapsulated cluster of capillaries at the end of each urine-secreting tubule […]

  • Malpighian-layer

    noun, Anatomy. 1. the deep, germinative layer of the epidermis. noun 1. (anatomy) the innermost layer of the epidermis Malpighian layer n. The basal layer of the epidermis and the prickle cell layer considered as one unit. Also called germinative layer.

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