from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, a wasting disease; atrophy, marasmus, or consumption.
- n. In. botany, an abnormal condition of flowers, in which the anthers become defective and the pollen becomes inert or wanting.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
a mention of the Ericaceæ being subject to contabescence of the anthers.
Gaertner and other writers have spoken of this defective condition as contabescence. [