|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|—n , pl -mata|
|1.||the gel-like matrix of chloroplasts and certain cells|
|2.||the fibrous connective tissue forming the matrix of the mammalian ovary and testis|
|3.||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]|
stroma stro·ma (strō'mə)
n. pl. stro·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
The connective tissue framework of an organ, a gland, or other structure, as distinguished from the tissues performing the special function of the organ or part.
The spongy and colorless framework of a cell.