[ stroh-muh ]
/ ˈstroʊ mə /
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noun, plural stro·ma·ta [stroh-muh-tuh]. /ˈstroʊ mə tə/.
Cell Biology. the supporting framework or matrix of a cell.
Anatomy. the supporting framework, usually of connective tissue, of an organ, as distinguished from the parenchyma.
Mycology. (in certain fungi) a compact mass of tissue, in or on which the fructifications may be developed.
Botany. the matrix of a chloroplast containing various molecules and ions.
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Origin of stroma
OTHER WORDS FROM stromastro·mat·ic [stroh-mat-ik], /stroʊˈmæt ɪk/, stro·mal, stro·ma·tous, adjective
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How to use stroma in a sentence
Stromata, II, 4: "ἐκ δὲ αἰσθήσεως καὶ τοῦ νοῦ ἡ τῆς ἐπιστήμης συνίσταται οὐσία κοινὸν δὲ νοῦ τε καὶ αἰσθήσεως τὸ ἐναργές."The Basis of Early Christian Theism|Lawrence Thomas Cole
The same functions of storage in advance of fructification are also exercised by the stromata so common in Ascomycetes.
But S. Clement, in his Stromata, translates "every man," as "the whole man."Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries|Annie Besant
"It is sufficient," he said, pushing the Stromata back into his pocket.The Queen Pedauque|Anatole France
The fifth and sixth books of the "Stromata" turn entirely upon the perfection of gnosticism.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
British Dictionary definitions for stroma
/ (ˈstrəʊmə) /
noun plural -mata (-mətə) biology
the gel-like matrix of chloroplasts and certain cells
the fibrous connective tissue forming the matrix of the mammalian ovary and testis
a dense mass of hyphae that is produced by certain fungi and gives rise to spore-producing bodies
Derived forms of stromastromatic (strəʊˈmætɪk) or stromatous, adjective
Word Origin for stroma
C19: via New Latin from Late Latin: a mattress, from Greek; related to Latin sternere to strew
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