parenchyma

noun
pa·ren·chy·ma | \pə-ˈreŋ-kə-mə \

Definition of parenchyma 

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

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

Other Words from parenchyma

parenchymal \pə-ˈreŋ-kə-məl; ˌper-ən-ˈkī, ˌpa-rən- \ adjective
parenchymatous \ˌper-ən-ˈkī-mə-təs, -ˈki-, ˌpa-rən- \ adjective

First Known Use of parenchyma

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parenchyma

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

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parenchyma

noun
pa·ren·chy·ma | \pə-ˈreŋ-kə-mə \

Medical Definition of parenchyma 

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

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