[ ai-reng-kuh-muh, ai-ren- ]
/ ɛəˈrɛŋ kə mə, ɛəˈrɛn- /
a tissue in certain aquatic plants, consisting of thin-walled cells and large intercellular spaces adapted for internal circulation of air.
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British Dictionary definitions for aerenchyma
/ (ɛəˈrɛŋkɪmə) /
plant tissue with large air-filled spaces, which is typical of aquatic plants and allows air to reach waterlogged parts
Word Origin for aerenchyma
C19: from aer(o)- + Greek enkhuma infusion
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Scientific definitions for aerenchyma
[ â-rĕng′kə-mə ]
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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