One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thin layer of plant tissue between the endodermis and the phloem.
- ‘The pericycle forms the outermost layer of the central cylinder.’
- ‘These layers include the epidermis, an exodermis in roots where it is differentiated, several layers of cortex cells, the endodermis, pericycle, xylem parenchyma cells and finally the vessels.’
- ‘The pericycle and endodermis were both present, each as a single sheath of cells located between the cortex and stele.’
- ‘These observations suggest that the cells in the pericycle of alloxan-treated plants are much more transcriptionally active than their control counterparts.’
- ‘In addition, the host pericycle and endodermis in contact with abortive haustoria were deformed in many cases.’
Late 19th century: from Greek perikuklos ‘spherical’, from perikukloun ‘encircle’.
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