The evolution of scientific terminology constitutes an exceedingly interesting subject for study, and may be looked upon as one of the most prevalent "growing pains" of almost any branch of science. The rapidly developing field of plant physiology is by no means an exception to this; in fact, it furnishes some of the most flagrant examples. A special term is given to a specific quantity, structure, or process, which it is made to fit apparently with great precision. And then as our knowledge extends, we find the name and the scientific entity no longer correspond. The term becomes a misfit, and is used in numerous senses by different authors. Quibbles arise; serious controversies develop largely because one scientist does not have the same concept when he writes one term that the other has when he reads it.
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Farr, Clifford H.
"The Physiology of Growth,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 31(1), 175-182.
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