parenchyma

noun
pa·​ren·​chy·​ma | \ pə-ˈreŋ-kə-mə How to pronounce parenchyma (audio) \

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 How to pronounce parenchyma (audio) ; ˌper-​ən-​ˈkī , ˌpa-​rən-​ \ adjective
parenchymatous \ ˌper-​ən-​ˈkī-​mə-​təs How to pronounce parenchyma (audio) , -​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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parenchyma. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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parenchyma

noun
pa·​ren·​chy·​ma | \ pə-ˈreŋ-kə-mə How to pronounce parenchyma (audio) \

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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