hyaline

adjective
hy·​a·​line | \ ˈhī-ə-lən How to pronounce hyaline (audio) , -ˌlīn \

Definition of hyaline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: transparent or nearly so and usually homogeneous

hyaline

noun
hy·​a·​line | \ ˈhī-ə-lən How to pronounce hyaline (audio) , -ˌlīn, in sense 2 -lən or -ˌlēn \

Definition of hyaline (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something (such as the clear atmosphere) that is transparent
2 or hyalin \ ˈhī-​ə-​lən How to pronounce hyaline (audio) \ : any of several translucent nitrogenous substances related to chitin, found especially around cells, and readily stained by eosin

First Known Use of hyaline

Adjective

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hyaline

Adjective

Late Latin hyalinus, from Greek hyalinos, from hyalos

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The first known use of hyaline was circa 1661

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“Hyaline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyaline. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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hyaline

adjective
hy·​a·​line | \ ˈhī-ə-lən How to pronounce hyaline (audio) , -ˌlīn How to pronounce hyaline (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyaline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: transparent or nearly transparent and usually homogeneous

hyaline

noun

Medical Definition of hyaline (Entry 2 of 2)

1 or hyalin \ -​ə-​lən How to pronounce hyaline (audio) \ : a nitrogenous substance closely related to chitin that forms the main constituent of the walls of hydatid cysts and yields a sugar on decomposition
2 : any of several translucent substances similar to hyaline that collect around cells, are capable of being stained by eosin, and yield a carbohydrate as a cleavage product

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