Flesh is any aggregation of soft tissue tissues of an organism. Various multicellular organisms have soft tissues that may be called "flesh". In , including , flesh encompasses , adipose tissue and other loose connective tissues, but sometimes excluding non-muscular viscera (liver, lung, spleen, kidney) and typically discarded parts (hard tendon, brain tissue, , etc.). In a culinary context, consumable animal flesh is called meat, while processed visceral tissues are known as offal.
In particular animal groups such as vertebrates, molluscs and arthropods, the flesh is distinguished from tougher body structures such as bone, exoskeleton and scute, respectively. In , the "flesh" is the juicy, edible structures such as the mesocarp of and as well as soft , and , as opposed to tougher structures like nuts and Plant stem. In fungi, flesh refers to trama, the soft, inner portion of a mushroom, or fruit body.
In Christianity religious circles, the flesh is a metaphor associated with carnality.