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[ai-reng-kuh-muh, ai-ren-] /ɛəˈrɛŋ kə mə, ɛəˈrɛn-/
noun, Botany.
a tissue in certain aquatic plants, consisting of thin-walled cells and large intercellular spaces adapted for internal circulation of air.
Origin of aerenchyma
From New Latin, dating back to 1895-1900; See origin at aer-, parenchyma Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for aerenchyma


plant tissue with large air-filled spaces, which is typical of aquatic plants and allows air to reach waterlogged parts
Word Origin
C19: from aer(o)- + Greek enkhuma infusion
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aerenchyma in Science
A spongy tissue with large air spaces found between the cells of the stems and leaves of aquatic plants. Aerenchyma provides buoyancy and allows the circulation of gases.
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