noun cam·bi·um \ˈkam-bē-əm\
plural cam·bi·ums or -bia \-bē-ə\

Definition of CAMBIUM

:  a thin formative layer between the xylem and phloem of most vascular plants that gives rise to new cells and is responsible for secondary growth
cam·bi·al \-bē-əl\ adjective

Origin of CAMBIUM

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, exchange, from Latin cambire to exchange — more at change
First Known Use: 1671
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noun cam·bi·um \ˈkam-bē-əm\
plural cam·bi·ums or cam·bia \-bē-ə\

Definition of CAMBIUM for Kids

:  soft tissue in woody plants from which new wood and bark grow


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