Definition of phloem in English:

phloem

noun

Botany
  • [mass noun] The vascular tissue in plants which conducts sugars and other metabolic products downwards from the leaves.

    xylem
    • ‘The conducting tissues within the vascular bundles are the xylem and phloem.’
    • ‘Subsequently, this cambium produces both wound xylem and wound phloem and thus contributes to further thickening.’
    • ‘Root tissue samples are hereafter referred to as periderm, phloem and xylem.’
    • ‘Formation of phloem and early xylem was directly related to fruitlet size.’
    • ‘For the stem, the outermost green tissue, including both phloem and cambium were estimated.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek phloos bark + the passive suffix -ēma.

Pronunciation:

phloem

/ˈfləʊɛm/