One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A superficial layer of meristematic cells found in some brown algae, which remains active in the adult sporophyte and contributes to intercalary growth.
1940s; earliest use found in Felix Fritsch (1879–1954), algologist. From French méristoderme from ancient Greek μεριστός divided, divisible + -o- + French -derme.
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