a layer of formative cells between the wood and bark in dicotyledonous plants: these cells cause the girth of the stem to increase by dividing and differentiating to form new xylem and phloem tissue, which will eventually become wood and bark
Origin of cambiumModern Latin ; from Medieval Latin ; from Late Latin cambiare: see change
nounpl. cam·bi·ums or cam·bi·a
A lateral meristem in vascular plants, including the vascular cambium and cork cambium, that forms parallel rows of cells resulting in secondary tissues.
Origin of cambiumMedieval Latin, exchange, from Late Latin camb&imacron;re, cambiare, to exchange, of Celtic origin.
(plural cambiums or cambia)
From Late Latin cambium, 'a change'