Bot. plant tissue of uniformly thick-walled, dead cells, as in a stem, the shell of a nut, etc.
Origin of sclerenchymaModern Latin from Classical Greek skl?ros (see sclera) + enchyma, infusion: see parenchyma
A supportive plant tissue that consists of thick-walled, usually lignified cells. Sclerenchyma cells are either fibers or sclereids.
Ancient Greek ÏƒÎºÎ»Î·ÏÏŒÏ‚ (sklÄ“ros, “hard") + -enchyma