aerenchyma

[ ai-reng-kuh-muh, ai-ren- ]

nounBotany.
  1. a tissue in certain aquatic plants, consisting of thin-walled cells and large intercellular spaces adapted for internal circulation of air.

Origin of aerenchyma

1
From New Latin, dating back to 1895–1900; see origin at aer-, parenchyma

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British Dictionary definitions for aerenchyma

aerenchyma

/ (ɛəˈrɛŋkɪmə) /


noun
  1. plant tissue with large air-filled spaces, which is typical of aquatic plants and allows air to reach waterlogged parts

Origin of aerenchyma

1
C19: from aer(o)- + Greek enkhuma infusion

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Scientific definitions for aerenchyma

aerenchyma

[ â-rĕngkə-mə ]


  1. 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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