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1. A type of plant tissue consisting of elongated cells with tapering ends, occurring in supporting and conducting tissue.
2. A type of fungal tissue in which the hyphae are loosely arranged and can be distinguished from each other.
pros′en·chym′a·tous (-kĭm′ə-təs) adj.
(Botany) a plant tissue consisting of long narrow cells with pointed ends: occurs in conducting tissue
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek pros- towards + enkhuma infusion; compare parenchyma]