meniscus

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noun me·nis·cus \mə-ˈnis-kəs\

Definition of meniscus

plural

menisci

play \-ˈni-ˌskī, -ˌskē, -ˌsī\ also

meniscuses

  1. 1 :  a crescent or crescent-shaped body

  2. 2 :  a concavo-convex lens

  3. 3 :  the curved upper surface of a column of liquid

  4. 4 :  a fibrous cartilage within a joint especially of the knee

Origin and Etymology of meniscus

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


First Known Use: 1685

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Medical Dictionary

meniscus

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noun me·nis·cus \mə-ˈnis-kəs\

Medical Definition of meniscus

plural

menisci

\-ˈnis-ˌ(k)ī, -ˌkē\play also

meniscuses

  1. 1:  a crescent or crescent-shaped body

  2. 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 cartilageb:  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. 3:  a concavo-convex lens

  4. 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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