meniscus

noun
me·​nis·​cus | \ mə-ˈni-skəs How to pronounce meniscus (audio) \
plural menisci\ mə-​ˈni-​ˌskī How to pronounce meniscus (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

Examples of meniscus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clowney, who had season-ending surgery to repair a torn left meniscus last season, will undergo further evaluation to determine the extent of the injury. cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 Price also had offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee prior to his rookie campaign limited him to 24 games that year. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 But on Thursday, 247 Sports first reported and The Times’ Ryan Kartje confirmed that Dart underwent an operation to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2021 Bishop remains a question mark after missing all of last season due to knee surgery that repaired a torn meniscus. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 29 Sep. 2021 Russell Westbrook had two meniscus surgeries and dabbled in platelet-rich-plasma injections before having two more surgeries on his right knee. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Sep. 2021 Kelly also announced surgeries for freshman OT Blake Fisher (meniscus repair, 8 weeks), LB Paul Moala (torn Achilles tendon, season), LB Shayne Simon (torn labrum, season) and TE Keith Bauman (fibula fracture, 6 weeks). Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 11 Sep. 2021 Kelly also announced surgeries for freshman OT Blake Fisher (meniscus repair, 8 weeks), LB Paul Moala (torn Achilles tendon, season), LB Shayne Simon (torn labrum, season) and TE Keith Bauman (fibula fracture, 6 weeks). Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 11 Sep. 2021

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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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meniscus

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