me·nis·cus | \ mə-ˈnis-kəs \
plural menisci\-ˈni-ˌskī, -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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Lonnie Walker was regarded as one of the top shooting guards in his recruiting class, but a meniscus tear suffered last summer disrupted the start of his college career. Chris Johnson,, "2018 NBA Draft: Lonnie Walker Scouting Report and Highlights," 18 June 2018 Eckerstrom's chance to start finally came at the end of April under unfortunate circumstances after Franch suffered a meniscus tear. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Thorns goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom striving to make the most of opportunity on the field," 2 May 2018 After recent irritation, Lonzo Ball is undergoing further testing to determine the extent of a meniscus injury to his left knee. Tania Ganguli,, "Lonzo Ball awaits more information on left meniscus, but injury isn't considered serious," 30 June 2018 Midfielder Astemir Gordyushenko has a meniscus injury and will not return until June., "Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow Preview: Recent Form, Team News, Prediction & More," 4 Apr. 2018 Robert Griffin III suffered a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus in a Jan. 2013 playoff game against Seattle. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "Miami Dolphins believe Ryan Tannehill as durable as before injuries," 22 May 2018 Kone missed the start of his sophomore season to fix a meniscus issue in the same knee, sitting out eight games. Danny Moran,, "Ben Kone to transfer from Oregon State Beavers men's basketball," 4 Apr. 2018 Rookie Daniel Theis, a bench contributor all season, suffered a torn meniscus on March 11 (a really, really bad day for Boston). Joe Vardon,, "From thrown soup to broken legs, Cavaliers and Celtics survived and thrived in chaos to reach Eastern finals," 13 May 2018 It was reported by ESPN last week that Lonzo has a knee injury (torn meniscus) that may require surgery. Bruce Jenkins,, "LeBron James’ Lakers may win someday, but not now," 7 July 2018

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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 \
plural menisci\-ˈnis-ˌ(k)ī, -ˌkē \ 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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