[ root-kap, roo t- ]
/ ˈrutˌkæp, ˈrʊt- /
the loose mass of epidermal cells covering the apex of most roots, serving to protect the meristematic cells behind it.
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British Dictionary definitions for root cap
a hollow cone of loosely arranged cells that covers the growing tip of a root and protects it during its passage through the soil
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Science definitions for root cap
A thimble-shaped mass of cells that covers and protects the root tip of plants. Also called calyptra
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