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Noun: parenchyma  pu'reng-ki-mu
  1. Animal tissue that constitutes the essential part of an organ as contrasted with e.g. connective tissue and blood vessels
  2. 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

Derived forms: parenchymas

Type of: animal tissue, plant tissue

Part of: flesh, foliage, leaf, leafage, pith, pulp, root

Encyclopedia: Parenchyma