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secondary growth

noun, Botany
1.
an increase in the thickness of the shoots and roots of a vascular plant as a result of the formation of new cells in the cambium.
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  • The terrain is flat and covered principally by secondary growth.
British Dictionary definitions for secondary growth

second growth

noun
1.
natural regrowth of a forest after fire, cutting, or some other disturbance
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secondary growth  
Growth in vascular plants resulting from the production of layers of secondary tissue by a lateral meristem (the cork cambium or the vascular cambium). The new tissue accumulates and results in thicker branches and stems. Secondary growth occurs in gymnosperms, most eudicots, and woody magnoliids (such as the magnolia). Most monocots and herbaceous plants undergo little or no secondary growth but simply stop growing when their primary tissues mature. Compare primary growth.
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