cambium

noun cam·bi·um \ ˈkam-bē-əm \
Updated on: 27 Feb 2018

Definition of cambium

plural cambiums or cambia play \-bē-ə\
: 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

cambial

play \-bē-əl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cambium

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, exchange, from Latin cambire to exchange — more at change


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cambium

noun cam·bi·um \ ˈkam-bē-əm \

Definition of cambium for Students

plural cambiums or cambia \-bē-ə\
: soft tissue in woody plants from which new wood and bark grow

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