from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The microscopic structure of the wood of a plant or group of plants.
  • noun The preparation and microscopic study of sections of wood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Art of preparing sections (transverse, tangential, or radial) of wood, esp. by means of a microtome, for microscopic examination.

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  • noun botany The art of preparing sections of wood (as by means of a microtome) for microscopic examination.


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From xylo- + -tomy.


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