tis·​sue | \ ˈti-(ˌ)shü How to pronounce tissue (audio) , chiefly British ˈtis-(ˌ)yü \

Definition of tissue

1 : a piece of soft absorbent tissue paper used especially as a handkerchief or for removing cosmetics
2 : an aggregate of cells usually of a particular kind together with their intercellular substance that form one of the structural materials of a plant or an animal
3a : a fine lightweight often sheer fabric
b : mesh, network, web a tissue of lies

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Other Words from tissue

tissuey \ ˈti-​shə-​wē How to pronounce tissuey (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tissue in a Sentence

She wiped her nose with a tissue. a sample of brain tissue The drug can damage the body's tissues. a box wrapped in tissue
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Recent Examples on the Web Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Health officials: Man becomes third Butler County resident to die of coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 Cover your face when coughing with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Medea Giordano, Wired, "How to Make a CDC-Approved Cloth Face Mask," 9 Apr. 2020 Cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue (then throw it away) or inside of your elbow. oregonlive, "Oregon state park camping will be suspended after April 2 in light of coronavirus outbreak," 19 Mar. 2020 Cover your nose and mouth: When coughing or sneezing cover with a tissue or by using your sleeve or elbow. cleveland, "Lorain County mayors, school superintendents update plans for coronavirus," 9 Mar. 2020 Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm. Kelly Mccarthy, ABC News, "The global impact of coronavirus on education," 5 Mar. 2020 For years, in museums and archives, curators did just that: polishing finishes, inspecting canvases, layering archival tissue. Lou Stoppard, New York Times, "Everyone’s a Curator Now," 3 Mar. 2020 The funeral home placed 10 chairs in the room, each spaced 6 feet apart, with a box of tissues under each chair. Jonathan Bullington, The Courier-Journal, "'I can't even hug them': A family's frustrating goodbye to a matriarch killed by COVID-19," 22 Apr. 2020 Not surprisingly, all of those tissues are vulnerable to attack from the virus that causes COVID-19. Los Angeles Times, "Do testicles make men more vulnerable to the coronavirus?," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tissue

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for tissue

Middle English tysshewe, tyssew, a rich fabric, from Anglo-French tissue, from past participle of tistre to weave, from Latin texere — more at technical

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The first known use of tissue was in 1563

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24 May 2020

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“Tissue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tissue. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce tissue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tissue

: a piece of soft and very thin paper that is used especially for cleaning
: the material that forms the parts in a plant or animal


tis·​sue | \ ˈti-shü How to pronounce tissue (audio) \

Kids Definition of tissue

1 : a fine lightweight fabric
2 : a piece of soft absorbent paper She dabbed at her nose with a tissue.
3 : a mass or layer of cells usually of one kind that perform a special function and form the basic structural material of an animal or plant body muscle tissue


tis·​sue | \ ˈtish-(ˌ)ü, ˈtish-ə(-w), chiefly British ˈtis-(ˌ)yü \

Medical Definition of tissue

: an aggregate of cells usually of a particular kind together with their intercellular substance that form one of the structural materials of a plant or an animal and that in animals include connective tissue, epithelium, muscle tissue, and nerve tissue

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