Parenchyma Definition

pə-rĕngkə-mə
noun
The essential or functional tissue of an organ, as distinguished from its connective tissue, blood vessels, etc.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
A spongy mass of tissue packing the spaces between the organs of some invertebrates.
Webster's New World
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.
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Other Word Forms of Parenchyma

Noun

Singular:
parenchyma
Plural:
parenchymas, parenchymata

Origin of Parenchyma

  • New Latin from Greek parenkhuma visceral flesh from parenkhein to pour in beside para- beside para–1 en- in en in Indo-European roots khein to pour gheu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek παρέγχυμα (parenkhuma, “anything poured in beside"), from παρά 'alongside' + -enchyma.

    From Wiktionary

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