[ kuh-leng-kuh-muh ]
/ kəˈlɛŋ kə mə /

noun Botany.

a layer of modified tissue consisting of cells that are thickened at the angles and usually elongated.

Origin of collenchyma

1825–35; < New Latin < Greek kóll(a) glue + énchyma contents (en- en-2 + chy-, stem of cheîn to pour + -ma noun suffix denoting result of action)

OTHER WORDS FROM collenchyma

col·len·chym·a·tous [kol-uh n-kim-uh-tuh s] /ˌkɒl ənˈkɪm ə təs/, col·len·chy·mat·ic [kuh-leng-kuh-mat-ik] /kəˌlɛŋ kəˈmæt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for collenchyma

/ (kəˈlɛŋkɪmə) /


a strengthening and supporting tissue in plants, consisting of elongated living cells whose walls are thickened with cellulose and pectins

Derived forms of collenchyma

collenchymatous (ˌkɒlənˈkɪmətəs), adjective

Word Origin for collenchyma

C19: New Latin, from Greek kolla glue + enkhuma infusion
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Science definitions for collenchyma

[ kə-lĕngkə-mə ]

A supportive tissue of plants, consisting of elongated living cells with unevenly thickened, nonlignified walls. Collenchyma cells remain alive at maturity. Compare parenchyma sclerenchyma.
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