- the connective tissue forming the framework or matrix of an organ or part
- the colorless framework of a red blood corpuscle or other cell
- Bot. in some fungi, a cushionlike mass of hyphae, frequently having fruiting bodies embedded in it
Origin of stromaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin coverlet, bed covering ; from Classical Greek strōma, mattress, bed: for Indo-European base see strew
- The connective tissue framework of an organ, gland, or other structure, as distinguished from the tissues performing the special function of the organ or part.
- The spongy, colorless framework of a red blood cell or other cell.
- The colorless semiliquid material inside a chloroplast, in which the thylakoid membranes are embedded and where the dark reactions of photosynthesis occur.
- A dense mass of fungal hyphae on or in which reproductive structures develop.
Origin of stromaLate Latin strōma, mattress, covering, from Greek, bed; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Latin stromat- (â€œbed coveringâ€), from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„ÏÏŽÎ¼Î± (strÅma, â€œbedâ€), from ÏƒÏ„ÏŒÏÎ½Ï…Î¼Î¹ (stornymi, â€œto stretch outâ€)
From Old Norse