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
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 Trout is just shy of nine weeks past surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register, 4 July 2024 Three weeks after surgery on his knee for a torn meniscus, the seven-time Wimbledon champion, who’s now 37, will return looking for an eighth title here and another notch in his record 24-major-titles career. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 1 July 2024 Nina Dobrev is continuing to recover from a dirt bike accident that caused the Vampire Diaries alum to undergo surgery on her ACL, meniscus, and fractured knee. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 18 June 2024 Novak Djokovic celebrates a win at Wimbledon The 37-year-old tennis star won his first match at Wimbledon less than a month after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for meniscus 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of meniscus was in 1685

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Cite this Entry

“Meniscus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meniscus. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

meniscus

noun
me·​nis·​cus mə-ˈnis-kəs How to pronounce meniscus (audio)
plural menisci -ˈnis-ˌ(k)ī How to pronounce meniscus (audio)
-ˌkē
also meniscuses
: the curved upper surface of a liquid column

Medical Definition

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
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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