Share this entry

Share this page

growing point

Syllabification: grow·ing point

Definition of growing point in English:

noun

1The point at which growth originates.
1.1 Botany The meristem region at the apex of a plant shoot at which continuous cell division and differentiation occur.
Example sentences
  • The distinguishing feature of Cystopteris protrusa is that the growing point of the rhizome protrudes 2-4 cm beyond the leaves.
  • A normal, uninjured growing point is bright yellow-green and turgid; freeze injury causes it to become white or brown and water-soaked in appearance.
  • Rhizomes (bearded iris, Japanese iris) have thickened stems with a primary growth point at one end and additional growing points along the sides.

Definition of growing point in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbäskij
noun
massed trees or shrubs