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  • xeromorphic

    of or relating to structural adaptations of xerophytes that help them store water and withstand drought. adjective (of plants or plant parts) having characteristics that serve as protection against excessive loss of water

  • xerophagy

    a lenten fast observed especially during holy week, const-tuting the strictest fast in the eastern church.

  • xerophilous

    botany. growing in or adapted to dry, especially dry and hot, regions. zoology. living or flourishing in a dry environment. historical examples jungle folk douglas dewar adjective (of plants or animals) adapted for growing or living in dry surroundings

  • xerophthalmia

    abnormal dryness of the eyeball characterized by conjunctivitis, caused by a deficiency of tears and attributed to a lack of vitamin a. historical examples dietetics for nurses fairfax t. proudfit noun (pathol) excessive dryness of the cornea and conjunctiva, caused by a deficiency of vitamin a also called xeroma (zɪˈrəʊmə)

  • xerophyte

    a plant adapted for growth under dry conditions. noun a xerophilous plant, such as a cactus n. xerophyte (zîr’ə-fīt’) a plant that is adapted to an arid environment. many xerophytes have specialized tissues (usually nonphotosynthetic parenchyma cells) for storing water, as in the stems of cacti and the leaves of succulents. others have thin, narrow […]

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