- Parenchyma is defined as the functional part of organ tissue, or tissue found in the soft parts of plants and fruits.
An example of parenchyma is the pulp of a fruit.
parenchyma definition by Webster's New World
- Anat. the essential or functional tissue of an organ, as distinguished from its connective tissue, blood vessels, etc.
- Bot. a soft tissue made up of thin-walled, undifferentiated living cells with air spaces between them, constituting the chief substance of plant leaves and roots, the pulp of fruits, the central portion of stems, etc.
- Zool. a spongy mass of tissue packing the spaces between the organs of some invertebrates
Origin: Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek anything poured in beside ; from para-, beside (see para-) plush enchyma, infusion ; from enchein, to pour in ; from en-, in plush cheein, to pour: see found
parenchyma definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Anatomy The tissue characteristic of an organ, as distinguished from associated connective or supporting tissues.
- Botany The primary tissue of higher plants, composed of thin-walled cells and forming the greater part of leaves, roots, the pulp of fruit, and the pith of stems.
Origin: New Latin, from Greek parenkhuma, visceral flesh, from parenkhein, to pour in beside : para-, beside; see para-1 + en-, in; see en in Indo-European roots + khein, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
- pa·renˈchy·mal, parˌen·chymˈa·tous adjective
- parˌen·chymˈa·tous·ly adverb
parenchyma - Medical Definition
- parenchymal, parˌen·chymˈa·tous adjective
parenchyma - Science Definition