Definition of phloem in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflōˌem/


The vascular tissue in plants that conducts sugars and other metabolic products downward from the leaves.
Example sentences
  • The conducting tissues within the vascular bundles are the xylem and phloem.
  • For the stem, the outermost green tissue, including both phloem and cambium were estimated.
  • Root tissue samples are hereafter referred to as periderm, phloem and xylem.


Late 19th century: from Greek phloos 'bark' + the passive suffix -ēma.

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Syllabification: phlo·em

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