lateral meristem


Definition of lateral meristem

: a meristem (as the cambium and cork cambium) that is arranged parallel to the sides of an organ and that is responsible for increase in diameter of the organ — compare apical meristem, intercalary meristem

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First Known Use of lateral meristem

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Lateral meristem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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