|a plant tissue responsible for growth, whose cells divide and differentiate to form the tissues and organs of the plant. Meristems occur within the stem (see cambium) and leaves and at the tips of stems and roots|
|[C19: from Greek meristos divided, from merizein to divide, from meris portion]|
|meristem (měr'ĭ-stěm') Pronunciation Key
Plant tissue whose cells actively divide to form new tissues that cause the plant to grow. The originally undifferentiated cells of the meristem can produce specialized cells to form the tissues of roots, leaves, and other plant parts. The meristem includes the growing tips of roots and stems (the apical meristems) and the tissue layer known as cambium.
meristematic adjective (měr'ĭ-stə-māt'ĭk)