endodermis

[en-doh-dur-mis]
noun Botany.
a specialized tissue in the roots and stems of vascular plants, composed of a single layer of modified parenchyma cells forming the inner boundary of the cortex.

Origin:
1880–85; endo- + -dermis

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endodermis (ˌɛndəʊˈdɜːmɪs)
 
n
botany the specialized innermost layer of cortex in roots and some stems, which controls the passage of water and dissolved substances between the cortex and stele
 
[C19: from New Latin, from endo- + Greek derma skin]

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endodermis   (ěn'də-dûr'mĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
The innermost layer of the cortex that forms a sheath around the vascular tissue of roots and some stems. In the roots the endodermis helps regulate the intake of water and minerals into the vascular tissues from the cortex.
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The vascular cylinder, or stele, consists of the cells inside the endodermis.
As the stele increases in diameter, the cortex, pericycle and endodermis are lost.
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