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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Recent Examples on the Web After tearing the meniscus and ACL in his left knee last September, Kelly returned and earned a starting spot on Coastal’s defense. Pat Stoetzer,, "South Carroll grad Silas Kelly returned to football after a knee injury. Now he’s part of Coastal Carolina’s 2-0 start.," 2 Oct. 2020 That Porzingis found a strong rhythm in February before the coronavirus suspension and in the bubble before tearing his right meniscus is a positive sign for consistency and production to come. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Mavs player evaluations: Analyzing 2019-20 production, future outlook from Luka Doncic to end of the bench," 1 Sep. 2020 Texas redshirt freshman receiver Jordan Whittington will miss three-to-four weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus, coach Tom Herman said Monday afternoon. Nick Moyle,, "Texas WR Jake Smith set to return, WR Jordan Whittington to miss 3-4 weeks," 21 Sep. 2020 Researchers have found that RLT exposure can help reduce pain for osteoarthritis knee pain, meniscus tears, general knee pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and back pain. Hannah Chenoweth, Glamour, "Red Light Therapy May Actually Be the Fountain of Youth," 12 Sep. 2020 New Haven native Bria Holmes will miss the remainder of the Connecticut Sun season after tearing the meniscus in her right knee, Holmes and the Sun announced Saturday. Alexa Philippou,, "New Haven native Bria Holmes out for rest of Connecticut Sun season with torn meniscus," 12 Sep. 2020 As a result, greater forces would be imposed on other stabilizing structures within the knee like the meniscus (thin fibrous cartilage structures) during dynamic activities, which could lead to early onset osteoarthritis. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers' Sebastian Blanco faces tough rehab from knee injury," 11 Sep. 2020 His do-it-all role, moving inside and outside of formations while shadowing top receivers, came while playing through a torn meniscus in his right knee sustained sometime before the season opener. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Vikings rookie cornerback Jeff Gladney keeps reaching his goals," 11 Sep. 2020 Drafted by the New England Patriots in 2016, he has been released three times and missed the entire 2017 season with the Patriots after suffering a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus. Glenn Graham,, "After successful open heart surgery, ‘unbreakable’ Cyrus Jones focused on a return to the NFL," 10 Sep. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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