Simple Definition of tissue
: a piece of soft and very thin paper that is used especially for cleaning
: the material that forms the parts in a plant or animal
Full Definition of tissue
2 : a piece of soft absorbent tissue paper used especially as a handkerchief or for removing cosmetics
3 : an aggregate of cells usually of a particular kind together with their intercellular substance that form one of the structural materials of a plant or an animal
Examples of tissue in a sentence
She wiped her nose with a tissue.
a sample of brain tissue
The drug can damage the body's tissues.
a box wrapped in tissue
Origin of tissue
Middle English tysshewe, tyssew, a rich fabric, from Anglo-French tissue, from past participle of tistre to weave, from Latin texere — more at technical
First Known Use: 1563
Rhymes with tissue
TISSUE Defined for Kids
Definition of tissue for Students
1 : a fine lightweight fabric
2 : a piece of soft absorbent paper <She dabbed at her nose with a tissue.>
3 : a mass or layer of cells usually of one kind that perform a special function and form the basic structural material of an animal or plant body <muscle tissue>
Medical Definition of tissue
: an aggregate of cells usually of a particular kind together with their intercellular substance that form one of the structural materials of a plant or an animal and that in animals include connective tissue, epithelium, muscle tissue, and nerve tissue
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