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parenchyma

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noun pa·ren·chy·ma \pə-ˈreŋ-kə-mə\

Definition of parenchyma

  1. 1 :  the essential and distinctive tissue of an organ or an abnormal growth as distinguished from its supportive framework

  2. 2 :  a tissue of higher plants that consists of thin-walled living photosynthetic or storage cells capable of division even when mature and that makes up much of the substance of leaves and roots, the pulp of fruits, and parts of stems and supporting structures

pa·ren·chy·mal play \pə-ˈreŋ-kə-məl, ˌpa-rən-ˈkī\ adjective
par·en·chy·ma·tous play \ˌpa-rən-ˈkī-mə-təs, -ˈki-\ adjective


Origin of parenchyma

New Latin, from Greek, visceral flesh, from parenchein to pour in beside, from para- + en- en- + chein to pour — more at found


First Known Use: 1615


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parenchyma

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noun pa·ren·chy·ma \pə-ˈreŋ-kə-mə\

Medical Definition of parenchyma

  1. :  the essential and distinctive tissue of an organ or an abnormal growth as distinguished from its supportive framework




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