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
meristematicplay \ˌmer-əs-tə-ˈma-tik\ adjective
meristematicallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ 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.
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Origin and Etymology of meristem
Greek meristos divided (from merizein to divide, from meros) + English -em (as in system)
First Known Use: 1872
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