pith

[ pith ]
/ pɪθ /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of pith

before 900; Middle English; Old English pitha; cognate with Dutch pit. See pit2
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British Dictionary definitions for pith

pith
/ (pɪθ) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for pith

Old English pitha; compare Middle Low German pedik, Middle Dutch pitt (e)
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Medical definitions for pith

pith
[ pĭth ]

n.

The soft inner substance of a hair.
Spinal cord or bone marrow. No longer in technical use.

v.

To sever or destroy the spinal cord of a vertebrate animal, usually by means of a needle inserted into the vertebral canal.
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Scientific definitions for pith

pith
[ pĭth ]

Noun

The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stems of most flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns. Pith is composed of parenchyma cells. In plants that undergo secondary growth, such as angiosperms, the pith is surrounded by the vascular tissues and is gradually compressed by the inward growth of the vascular tissue known as xylem. In plants with woody stems, the pith dries out and often disintegrates as the plant grows older, leaving the stem hollow. See illustration at xylem.

Verb

To remove the pith from a plant stem.
To sever or destroy the spinal cord of an animal for the purpose of dissecting it, usually by inserting a needle into the spinal canal.
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