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stem rot

noun, Plant Pathology
1.
a symptom or phase of many diseases of plants, characterized by decay of the stem tissues.
2.
any disease so characterized.
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  • Growers have occasionally observed this "stem rot" but have never connected it with the disease on the leaves later in the season.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

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