meniscus


me·nis·cus

noun \mə-ˈnis-kəs\
plural me·nis·ci \-ˈni-ˌskī, -ˌskē, -ˌsī\ also me·nis·cus·es

Definition of MENISCUS

1
:  a crescent or crescent-shaped body
2
:  a concavo-convex lens
3
:  the curved upper surface of a column of liquid
4
:  a fibrous cartilage within a joint especially of the knee

Origin of MENISCUS

New Latin, from Greek mēniskos, from diminutive of mēnē moon, crescent — more at moon
First Known Use: 1685

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

Rhymes with MENISCUS

me·nis·cus

noun \mə-ˈnis-kəs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural me·nis·ci \-ˈnis-ˌ(k)ī, -ˌkē\ also me·nis·cus·es

Medical Definition of MENISCUS

1
: a crescent or crescent-shaped body
2
: a fibrous cartilage within a joint: a : either of two crescent-shaped lamellae of fibrocartilage that border and partly cover the articulating surfaces of the tibia and femur at the knee : semilunar cartilage: (1) : one mostly between the lateral condyles of the tibia and femur—called also external semilunar fibrocartilage, lateral meniscus, lateral semilunar cartilage (2) : one mostly between the medial condyles of the tibia and femur—called also internal semilunar fibrocartilage, medial meniscus, medial semilunar cartilage b : a thin oval ligament of the temporomandibular joint that is situated between the condyle of the mandible and the mandibular fossa and separates the joint into two cavities
3
: a concavo-convex lens
4
: the curved upper surface of a liquid column that is concave when the containing walls are wetted by the liquid and convex when not

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