tissue

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noun tis·sue \ ˈti-(ˌ)shü , 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
3 a :a fine lightweight often sheer fabric
b :mesh, network, web
  • a tissue of lies

tissuey

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Examples of tissue in a Sentence

  1. She wiped her nose with a tissue.

  2. a sample of brain tissue

  3. The drug can damage the body's tissues.

  4. a box wrapped in tissue

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Origin and Etymology of 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



TISSUE Defined for English Language Learners

tissue

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Definition of tissue for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TISSUE Defined for Kids

tissue

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noun tis·sue \ ˈti-shü \

Definition of tissue for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

tissue

noun 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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