Definition of symplastic in US English:

symplastic

adjective

Botany
  • See symplast

    • ‘Radial water transport in roots occurs simultaneously through the symplastic, transcellular and apoplastic pathways.’
    • ‘These results suggest that movement of mineral oil in plants is both apoplastic via intercellular spaces and symplastic via plasmodesmata.’
    • ‘In these cases sugar contents declined, possibly limiting translocation as in brown rust-infected barley leaves, in which apoplastic and symplastic sugar concentrations were reduced as export declined.’
    • ‘It is therefore probable that much of the increase in sugars during sub-zero hardening was symplastic.’
    • ‘This accumulation may be apoplastic, symplastic, or both.’

Pronunciation

symplastic

/simˈplastik/