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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plant tissue characteristic of the roots, located between the endodermis and phloem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. : In a plant root, the cylinder of plant tissue between the endodermis and phloem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The outermost zone of cells of the stele immediately within the endodermis.

Etymologies

French péricycle, from Greek perikuklos, spherical : peri-, peri- + kuklos, circle; see cycle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • (n): (plant anatomy) a cylinder of parenchyma cells that lies just inside the endodermis and is the outermost part of the stele of plant stems and branches.

    January 4, 2009