from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy The tissue characteristic of an organ, as distinguished from associated connective or supporting tissues.
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The functional part of an organ, as opposed to supporting tissue.
- n. The ground tissue making up most of the non-woody parts of a plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The soft cellular substance of the tissues of plants and animals, like the pulp of leaves, the soft tissue of glands, and the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy and zoology: The proper tissue or substance of any part or organ, as distinguished from the connective or other sustentacular tissue which it contains.
- n. The undifferentiated body-substance or chyme-mass of the unicellular animal, as an infusorian; indistinguishable cell-substance; endoplasm.
- n. The general substance of the interior of the parenchymatous worms.
- n. In botany, the fundamental cellular tissue of plants: contradistinguished from prosenchyma, or fibrovascular tissue.
- n. Also parenchyme.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature; constitutes the greater part of leaves, roots, the pulp of fruits, and the pith of stems
- n. animal tissue that constitutes the essential part of an organ as contrasted with e.g. connective tissue and blood vessels
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek παρέγχυμα ("anything poured in beside"), from παρά 'alongside' + -enchyma. (Wiktionary)