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 tissue (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 Santorum's pockets are so full of ignorance that there isn't room to stuff a tissue of truth in there. Arkansas Online, "Honoring a symbol of truth," 2 May 2021 When an 18-year-old witness, Alyssa Funari, began to cry, Eldridge told her to take her time and offered a tissue. Jim Salter, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: Legion of Chauvin prosecutors, each with own role," 4 Apr. 2021 Emotional, meaningful conversations became virtual, giving the doctor no way to offer a consoling pat or even a tissue. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "'She was the sweetest person.' A year ago, doctors grappled with first Indiana COVID death," 15 Mar. 2021 Stalin’s address was a tissue of lies and omissions. Nile Gardiner, National Review, "Churchill’s Prophetic Warning: ‘An Iron Curtain Has Descended’," 3 Mar. 2021 The sprawling neurons pictured here started out as skin cells, which Victor reverted back to stem cells and then, using a cocktail of key genetic chemicals, coaxed into a rudimentary brain tissue. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Brain Cells Blinking in Rhythm May Hold Clues to Alzheimer’s Disease," 12 Feb. 2021 Everybody Tissue Box adds a happy splash of color to the house — and makes reaching for a tissue a little nicer. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "10 great gifts for nurses and caregivers," 11 Dec. 2020 Grab a non-scented and non-moisturized tissue Like the Kleenex Trusted Care Facial Tissue, which are super gentle and two-ply. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Can Crying All the Time Make Your Skin Break Out?," 6 Nov. 2020 Popular French techniques employ a strong, and sometimes painful, palpating rolling technique over the skin and tissue. Monica Mendal, Forbes, "How Anna Zahn Of Ricari Studios Is Revolutionizing The Self-Care Industry," 21 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Tissue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tissue. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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