mer·​i·​stem | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌstem How to pronounce meristem (audio) \

Definition of meristem

: 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

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Other Words from meristem

meristematic \ ˌmer-​ə-​stə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce meristematic (audio) \ adjective
meristematically \ ˌmer-​ə-​stə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce meristematically (audio) \ adverb

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Fasciation may be caused by mutation, virus, bacterial infection by bacterium known as Rhodococcus fascians, or injury to the meristem or growing part of the plant by insect, animal or human. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Some non-native weeds flourish in Idaho," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of meristem

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meristem

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

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The first known use of meristem was in 1872

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