EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Botany supporting or protective tissue composed of thickened, dry, and hardened cells. Related forms scle·ren·chym·a·tous , [skleer-eng- kim- uh-t uh s, skler-] /ˌsklɪər ɛŋˈkɪm ə təs, ˌsklɛr-/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for sclerenchyma Historical Examples of sclerenchyma
In this group of species there is no segregation of
sclerenchyma into an effective tissue.
sclerenchyma at its apex, and a small band of the same at the margins.
Slight keel with
sclerenchyma band: sclerenchyma at margin slight.
The minute inner filaments of
sclerenchyma are never continued far up the stalk, and are sometimes wanting altogether.
Vascular bundles of three orders, isolated, without girders, but with a small band of
sclerenchyma above and below. British Dictionary definitions for sclerenchyma noun a supporting tissue in plants consisting of dead cells with very thick lignified walls Derived Forms sclerenchymatous ( ˌsklɪərɛŋˈkɪmətəs), adjective Word Origin for sclerenchyma
sclero- + parenchyma
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A supportive tissue of vascular plants, consisting of thick-walled, usually lignified cells. Sclerenchyma cells normally die upon reaching maturity but continue to fulfill their structural purpose in the plant. There are two types of sclerenchyma cells: fiber cells and sclereids. Compare collenchyma parenchyma.
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