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pa•ren•chy•ma



Pronunciation: (pu-reng'ku-mu), [key]
n.
1. Bot.the fundamental tissue of plants, composed of thin-walled cells able to divide.
2. Anat., Zool.the specific tissue of an animal organ as distinguished from its connective or supporting tissue.
3. Zool.a type of soft, spongy connective tissue of certain invertebrates, as the flatworms.
4. Pathol.the functional tissue of a morbid growth.

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