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sclerenchyma

[skli-reng-kuh-muh]
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noun Botany.
  1. supporting or protective tissue composed of thickened, dry, and hardened cells.
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Origin of sclerenchyma

First recorded in 1860–65; scler- + (par)enchyma
Related formsscle·ren·chym·a·tous [skleer-eng-kim-uh-tuh s, skler-] /ˌsklɪər ɛŋˈkɪm ə təs, ˌsklɛr-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • So the parenchymatous cells of the cortex lying outside the sclerenchymatous ring are divided into small isolated areas.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • The sclerenchymatous ring though present is very narrow and not very conspicuous.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • Another row of vascular bundles lies just inside the sclerenchymatous ring and each of these bundles is in contact with the band.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • One set of bundles lying just outside the sclerenchymatous ring consists of small ones connecting the ring with the epidermis.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • Just inside the sclerenchymatous ring lies a series of bundles which are connected with it.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar


British Dictionary definitions for sclerenchymatous

sclerenchyma

noun
  1. a supporting tissue in plants consisting of dead cells with very thick lignified walls
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Derived Formssclerenchymatous (ˌsklɪərɛŋˈkɪmətəs), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from sclero- + parenchyma
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sclerenchymatous in Science

sclerenchyma

[sklə-rĕngkə-mə]
  1. 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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