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ground meristem

noun, Botany.
an area of primary meristematic tissue, emerging from and immediately behind the apical meristem, that develops into the pith and the cortex.
Origin of ground meristem
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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ground-meristem in Science
ground meristem  
The primary meristem in vascular plants that gives rise to the nonvascular tissues, such as cortex, pericycle, and pith. Within the seeds of angiosperms, it surrounds the procambium.
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