fasciation

[fash-ee-ey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of binding up or bandaging.
2.
the process of becoming fasciate.
3.
the resulting state.
4.
an abnormality in a plant, in which a stem enlarges into a flat, ribbonlike shape resembling several stems fused together.

Origin:
1640–50; fasciate + -ion

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fasciation (ˌfæʃɪˈeɪʃən)
 
n
botany an abnormal flattening of stems due to failure of the lateral branches to separate from the main stem

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Fasciation is initiated mostly in the fall when the days shorten and flower buds begin to develop.
Uncontrolled proliferation of the ear inflorescence leads to fasciation and abnormal kernel rowing.
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