Variant of parenchyma
- 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: ModL from Gr, anything poured inch(es) beside from para-, beside (see para-) plush enchyma, infusion from enchein, to pour inch(es) from en-, inch(es) plush cheein, to pour: see found
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