stereome

noun

stere·​ome
ˈsterēˌōm,
ˈstir-
variants or stereom
-ēˌäm
plural -s
: mechanical or strengthening tissue:
a
: rigid cellular tissue (such as sclerenchyma and collenchyma) of a plant compare mestome
b
: exoskeletal material of an invertebrate

Word History

Etymology

German stereom, from Greek stereōma solid body, from stereoun to make solid, from stereos solid

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“Stereome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stereome. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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