noun[mass noun] Botany
The vascular tissue in plants which conducts water and dissolved nutrients upwards from the root and also helps to form the woody element in the stem. Compare with phloem.
- Generally, a high recycling from xylem to phloem was observed in the old parts of the shoot.
- The conducting tissues within the vascular bundles are the xylem and phloem.
- The estimation of the water uptake and water flow in xylem and phloem was outlined by Jiang et al..
Late 19th century: from Greek xulon 'wood' + the passive suffix -ēma.
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