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aerenchyma

Line breaks: aer|en¦chyma
Pronunciation: /ɛːˈrɛŋkɪmə
 
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Definition of aerenchyma in English:

noun

[mass noun] Botany
A soft plant tissue containing air spaces, found especially in many aquatic plants.
Example sentences
  • Oxygen transport from above-ground parts to roots of wetland plants is facilitated by aerenchyma.
  • Fusoid cells are characteristically found only in bamboos, and have been considered as aerenchyma tissues.
  • In waterlogged soils, plants strongly influence soil oxygen availability by transporting oxygen through aerenchyma to soils.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek aēr 'air' + enkhuma 'infusion'.

Derivatives

aerenchymatous

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Multi-layered exodermis encircled the aerenchymatous cortex with air cavities.
  • Aerenchyma and aerenchymatous adventitious roots are formed.
  • Their roots are thus more open to aerenchymatous modification through secondary growth.

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