Pronunciation: (kôr'teks), [key]
—pl. -ti•cesPronunciation: (-tu-sēz"). [key]
1. Anat., Zool.
a. the outer region of an organ or structure, as the outer portion of the kidney.
b. the cerebral cortex.
a. the portion of a stem between the epidermis and the vascular tissue; bark.
b. any outer layer, as rind.
3. Mycol.the surface tissue layer of a fungus or lichen, composed of massed hyphal cells.
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