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1. Anatomy The tissue characteristic of an organ, as distinguished from associated connective or supporting tissues.
2. Botany A simple plant tissue, composed of thin-walled cells and forming the greater part of leaves, roots, the pulp of fruit, and the pith of stems.

[New Latin, from Greek parenkhuma, visceral flesh, from parenkhein, to pour in beside : para-, beside; see para-1 + en-, in; see en in Indo-European roots + khein, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

pa·ren′chy·mal, par′en·chym′a·tous (păr′ĕn-kĭm′ə-təs) adj.
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The other had increased much in size; and towards its posterior end, a clear space was formed in the parenchymatous mass, in which a rudimentary cup-shaped mouth could clearly be distinguished; on the under surface, however, no corresponding slit was yet open.
Immature cotyledons of mahogany were composed mostly of parenchymatous cells (Fig.
(2011) the parenchymatous tissues and the bundle sheath cells showed large digestibility and are important to identify promising genotypes for nutritive value.
We consider the outer epidermis (and some underlying cell layers per Von Teichman investigations) to be the exocarp, and the fleshy or parenchymatous part as mesocarp.
[1-6,7] Results show that presence or absence of intraoperative MEP status is highly predictive of AIS conversion in severe brain parenchymatous injury after the surgery.
These infections can vary from a simple cystitis to a serious parenchymatous attack.
Multivitamins play important role in rejuvenating parenchymatous tissue of udder (Varshney and Naresh, 2004).
Missed thyroid gland should be differentiated from autonomous intrathoracic goiter (AIG), which is a thyroid gland formation located in the thorax or the mediastinum, has no parenchymatous or vascular connections with the cervical thyroid gland, and is fed by thoracic vessels.
(8) classified VGAM into five different types, including parenchymatous AVM in 44%, choroidal AVM in 30%, mural AVM in 20%, vein of Galen varices in 7%, and dural AVM in 3% of cases, and reported that the pediatric population was particularly most sensitive to this shunt, regardless of the type (9).