Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The spongy, colorless framework of a red blood cell or other cell.
  • noun The colorless semiliquid material inside a chloroplast, in which the thylakoid membranes are embedded and where the dark reactions of photosynthesis occur.
  • noun A dense mass of fungal hyphae on or in which reproductive structures develop.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anatomy: The sustentacular tissue or substance of a part or organ, usually of connective tissue.
  • noun In botany: In fungi, a variously shaped more or less continuous layer of cellular tissue, in which perithecia or other organs of fructification are immersed. Sometimes called receptacle. See cut under ergot.
  • noun In vegetable physiology, the solid matter remaining after all the fluid has been expressed from protoplasm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The connective tissue or supporting framework of an organ.
  • noun The spongy, colorless framework of a red blood corpuscle or other cell.
  • noun (Bot.) A layer or mass of cellular tissue, especially that part of the thallus of certain fungi which incloses the perithecia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy the tissue structure of an organ, etc., that serves to support it

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the dense colorless framework of a chloroplast
  • noun a mass of fungal tissue that has spore-bearing structures embedded in it or on it
  • noun the supporting tissue of an organ (as opposed to parenchyma)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin strōma, mattress, covering, from Greek, bed; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin stromat- ("bed covering"), from Ancient Greek στρώμα (strōma, "bed"), from στόρνυμι (stornymi, "to stretch out")

Examples

  • After age 40, the changes in the breasts become more pronounced, as fatty tissue begins to replace the supportive, fibrous tissue known as the stroma, and skin starts to sag more — regardless of whether a woman has had kids, and nursed them, or not.

    Mommy Wants Her Body Back

  • The stroma is a peculiar soft tissue, abundantly supplied with bloodvessels, consisting for the most part of spindle-shaped cells with a small amount of ordinary connective tissue.

    XI. Splanchnology. 3d. 1. The Ovaries

  • Fibroblasts are found in connective tissue, which includes cartilage and the cellular matrix known as stroma that provides support to body structures, such as organs, glands and also tumors.

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  • Fibroblasts are found in connective tissue, which includes cartilage and the cellular matrix known as stroma that provides support to body structures, such as organs, glands and also tumors.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • Fibroblasts are found in connective tissue, which includes cartilage and the cellular matrix known as stroma that provides support to body structures, such as organs, glands and also tumors.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • Fibroblasts are found in connective tissue, which includes cartilage and the cellular matrix known as stroma that provides support to body structures, such as organs, glands and also tumors.

    Princeton University Top Stories

  • Fibroblasts are found in connective tissue, which includes cartilage and the cellular matrix known as stroma that provides support to body structures, such as organs, glands and also tumors.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • Fibroblasts are found in connective tissue, which includes cartilage and the cellular matrix known as stroma that provides support to body structures, such as organs, glands and also tumors.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • Fibroblasts are found in connective tissue, which includes cartilage and the cellular matrix known as stroma that provides support to body structures, such as organs, glands and also tumors.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • Fibroblasts are found in connective tissue, which includes cartilage and the cellular matrix known as stroma that provides support to body structures, such as organs, glands and also tumors.

    Princeton University Top Stories

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