Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

meristem

play
noun mer·i·stem \ˈmer-ə-ˌstem\

Definition of meristem

  1. :  a formative plant tissue usually made up of small cells capable of dividing indefinitely and giving rise to similar cells or to cells that differentiate to produce the definitive tissues and organs

meristematic play \ˌmer-əs-tə-ˈma-tik\ adjective
meristematically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of meristem

Greek meristos divided (from merizein to divide, from meros) + English -em (as in system)


First Known Use: 1872


Learn More about meristem


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up meristem? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to dishevel or rumple

Get Word of the Day daily email!