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definition of the word theca

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Strawberry anther with parallel thecae

From Latin theca, from Ancient Greek θήκη

Singular
theca

Plural
thecae

theca (plural thecae)

  1. (biology) Any external case or sheath
  2. (botany) Half of an anther
  3. (medicine) The twin layers of cells surrounding the basal lamina of an ovarian follicle
  4. (microbiology, planktology) The membrane complex enveloping the cells of certain plankton including diatoms and dinoflagellates
  5. (coral science) The calcareous wall of a corallite, the exoskeleton of a coral polyp
Theca (1) of a dinoflagellate

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