from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. The spongy, colorless framework of a red blood cell or other cell.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the tissue structure of an organ, etc., that serves to support it
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The connective tissue or supporting framework of an organ.
- n. The spongy, colorless framework of a red blood corpuscle or other cell.
- n. A layer or mass of cellular tissue, especially that part of the thallus of certain fungi which incloses the perithecia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy: The sustentacular tissue or substance of a part or organ, usually of connective tissue.
- n. In botany: In fungi, a variously shaped more or less continuous layer of cellular tissue, in which perithecia or other organs of fructification are immersed. Sometimes called receptacle. See cut under ergot.
- n. In vegetable physiology, the solid matter remaining after all the fluid has been expressed from protoplasm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the dense colorless framework of a chloroplast
- n. a mass of fungal tissue that has spore-bearing structures embedded in it or on it
- n. the supporting tissue of an organ (as opposed to parenchyma)
Late Latin strōma, mattress, covering, from Greek, bed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stromat- ("bed covering"), from Ancient Greek στρώμα (strōma, "bed"), from στόρνυμι (stornymi, "to stretch out") (Wiktionary)