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 Mantha, Howard still not practicing Blashill said there was nothing new to report on Anthony Mantha (lower body) and Jimmy Howard (soft tissue). Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings hit 'reset' in midst of woeful 10-game skid," 3 Dec. 2019 About two years ago, Glendon Faloon, who according to public records was 73 at the time, underwent panniculectomy, a non-cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and tissue from the lower abdomen. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Health, pathologists botched autopsy, lawsuit claims," 27 Nov. 2019 Despite all that activity, the reference center so far has received only the New Jersey sample — brain tissue from an infected deer from which virus could be extracted. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Why the huge surge in EEE cases? Federal rules requiring quick sample disposal mean we may never know," 27 Nov. 2019 This could be instrumental in helping cancer survivors whose treatment regimen destroyed tissue or damaged organs. Shelley A. Sackett, sun-sentinel.com, "Israeli researchers offer new hope for cancer survivors suffering from side effects of treatment," 26 Nov. 2019 So, freshen them with Mighty Mint Foot Therapy ($90), a tingly add-on to the Alpine Arnica deep tissue massage ($175-$215). Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "Have a sinfully good time at Heavenly’s winter wonderland," 25 Nov. 2019 The company could also play a part in the growing field of regenerative medicine — the replacement or regeneration of human cells, tissues and organs. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio company at the forefront of stem-cell therapy," 15 Aug. 2019 When a potential organ or tissue donor dies, several teams kick into immediate action. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019 Sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda or lye, is corrosive to metals and tissue and can irritate skin, eyes and mucous membranes, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "51 children injured in chemical attack at Chinese kindergarten after man sprays caustic soda," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Tissue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tissue. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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