[met-uh-zahy-luh m, -lem]

noun Botany.

the part of the primary xylem that is the last to be formed, usually having weblike or pitted surfaces.

Origin of metaxylem

First recorded in 1900–05; meta- + xylem Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for metaxylem



xylem tissue that consists of rigid thick-walled cells and occurs in parts of the plant that have finished growingCompare protoxylem
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