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(Science: plant biology) group of actively dividing plant cells, found as apical meristems at the tips of roots and shoots and as lateral meristems in vascular tissue (vascular cambium) and in cork tissue (phellogen).

Also found in young leaves and at the bases of internodes in grasses. Consists of small nonphotosynthetic cells, with primary walls and relatively little vacuole. See [[apical meristem and [[lateral meristem.

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