Definition of endodermis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛndəʊˈdəːmɪs/


[mass noun] Botany
An inner layer of cells in the cortex of a root and of some stems, surrounding a vascular bundle.
Example sentences
  • The endodermis surrounding the vascular cylinder of the corm effectively blocked outward diffusion of the solutes.
  • There were no visible differences in the development of endodermis between the two varieties and growth conditions.
  • On analysis of freeze-dried sections of flower stem, these cells were identified as large, elongated cells situated between the phloem of every vascular bundle and the endodermis.


Early 20th century: from endo- 'within' + modern Latin dermis 'skin'.

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