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Meaning of xylem

xy•lem

Pronunciation: (zī'lum, -lem), [key]
— n. Bot.
  1. a compound tissue in vascular plants that helps provide support and that conducts water and nutrients upward from the roots, consisting of tracheids, vessels, parenchyma cells, and woody fibers.
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