meristem

noun mer·i·stem \ ˈmer-ə-ˌstem \

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

meristematic

play \ˌmer-əs-tə-ˈma-tik\ adjective

meristematically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of meristem

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


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