me·​nis·​cus | \ mə-ˈni-skəs How to pronounce meniscus (audio) \
plural menisci\ mə-​ˈni-​ˌskī How to pronounce menisci (audio) , -​ˌskē , -​ˌsī \ also meniscuses

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

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Then there's junior running back Jaylen Anderson, who underwent surgery on his meniscus after Week 1 and finished the year on the field. Matt Goul,, "Perry brings offensive fireworks: 2019 football camp tour," 20 Aug. 2019 Fullback Keith Smith, who is on the NFI list rehabbing from meniscus surgery, was also spotted doing rehab work. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders practice report: With Brown out, Carr spreads targets around," 3 Aug. 2019 White didn’t get the matchup with Cavaliers first-round acquisition Darius Garland, who sat for precautionary reasons after undergoing meniscus surgery in his lone season at Vanderbilt. K.c. Johnson,, "As the Bulls fall in summer league, trade interest in Kris Dunn shows a pulse," 7 July 2019 Daniels has been announced to be out for the rest of the season with an ACL and meniscus tear, a brutal blow for USC. Tim Rohan,, "Winners and Losers of Week 1 of the College Football Season," 1 Sep. 2019 Inside linebacker Lavonte David had arthroscopic surgery on Sunday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and will not play at least during the preseason. Rick Stroud And Ernest Hooper,, "Tampa Bay DT Vea hurt, out for preseason at least," 9 Aug. 2019 Pennington used Cartiform, essentially artificial cartilage, to repair the meniscus. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "U.S. Open golf: Osceola’s Charlie Danielson is back, and better than ever," 12 June 2019 The former 18th overall pick from the 2018 draft is looking to redeem himself after suffering a torn meniscus and playing just 17 games during the 2018-19. Dana Scott, azcentral, "NBA Summer League: Six players who have had break out performances," 9 July 2019 Then came a torn meniscus in the left knee in the summer of 2018, surgery, more rehab. Dom Amore,, "Dom Amore: At UConn, Mamadou Diarra finds peace, purpose, as his playing days end too soon," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of meniscus

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for meniscus

New Latin, from Greek mēniskos, from diminutive of mēnē moon, crescent — more at moon

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me·​nis·​cus | \ mə-ˈnis-kəs How to pronounce meniscus (audio) \
plural menisci\ -​ˈnis-​ˌ(k)ī, -​ˌkē How to pronounce menisci (audio) \ also meniscuses

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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