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stro·ma

 (strō′mə)
n. pl. stro·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
1. The connective tissue framework of an organ, gland, or other structure, as distinguished from the tissues performing the special function of the organ or part.
2. The spongy, colorless framework of a red blood cell or other cell.
3. The colorless semiliquid material inside a chloroplast, in which the thylakoid membranes are embedded and where the dark reactions of photosynthesis occur.
4. A dense mass of fungal hyphae on or in which reproductive structures develop.

[Late Latin strōma, mattress, covering, from Greek, bed; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

stro′mal adj.
stro·mat′ic (-măt′ĭk) adj.

stroma

(ˈstrəʊmə)
n, pl -mata (-mətə)
1. (Biology) the gel-like matrix of chloroplasts and certain cells
2. (Zoology) the fibrous connective tissue forming the matrix of the mammalian ovary and testis
3. (Botany) a dense mass of hyphae that is produced by certain fungi and gives rise to spore-producing bodies
[C19: via New Latin from Late Latin: a mattress, from Greek; related to Latin sternere to strew]
stromatic, ˈstromatous adj

stro•ma

(ˈstroʊ mə)

n., pl. -ma•ta (-mə tə)
the supporting framework of an organ, tissue, or cell.
[1825–35; < Late Latin strōma mattress]
stro•mat′ic (-ˈmæt ɪk) stro′mal, stro′ma•tous, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stroma - a mass of fungal tissue that has spore-bearing structures embedded in it or on it
plant tissue - the tissue of a plant
2.stroma - the dense colorless framework of a chloroplaststroma - the dense colorless framework of a chloroplast
plant tissue - the tissue of a plant
3.stroma - the supporting tissue of an organ (as opposed to parenchyma)
animal tissue - the tissue in the bodies of animals
Translations

stro·ma

n. estroma, armazón de tejido que sirve de soporte a un órgano.
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