aerenchyma

noun

aer·​en·​chy·​ma ˌer-ˈeŋ-kə-mə How to pronounce aerenchyma (audio)
: modified parenchymatous tissue having large intracellular air spaces that is found especially in aquatic plants where it facilitates gaseous exchange and maintains buoyancy

Word History

Etymology

aer- + -enchyma, after German Aërenchym

First Known Use

circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aerenchyma was circa 1893

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“Aerenchyma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerenchyma. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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