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stroma

 [stro´mah] (Gr.)
the tissue forming the ground substance, framework, or matrix of an organ, as opposed to the functioning part or parenchyma. adj., adj stro´mal, stromat´ic.

stro·ma

, pl.

stro·ma·ta

(strō'mă, strō'mă-tă), Do not confuse this word with stoma or struma.
1. The framework, usually of connective tissue, of an organ, gland, or other structure, as distinguished from the parenchyma or specific substance of the part.
2. Aqueous phase of chloroplasts, that is, chloroplast matrix.
3. Archaic term for mitochondrial matrix.
4. IN fungi, a mass of interwoven hyphae; it is here that fruiting bodies develop.
[G. strōma, bed]

stroma

(strō′mə)
n. pl. stro·mata (-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.

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

stro·ma

, pl. stromata (strō'mă, -tă)
1. The framework, usually of connective tissue, of an organ, gland, or other structure, as distinguished from the parenchyma or functional parts of an organ.
2. Aqueous phase of chloroplasts, i.e., chloroplast matrix.
[G. strōma, bed]

stroma

The tissue forming the framework of an organ. Compare PARENCHYMA.

stroma

see CHLOROPLAST.

Stroma

A term used to describe the supportive tissue surrounding a particular structure. An example is that tissue which surrounds and supports the actually functional lung tissue.
Mentioned in: Pneumonia

stro·ma

, pl. stromata (strō'mă, -tă)
Framework, usually of connective tissue, of an organ, gland, or other structure.
[G. strōma, bed]