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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Instead, my aesthetician, Farnaz, gave my face the most intense deep-tissue massage of my life. Glamour, "We Tried the Best Methods for Getting Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes," 30 Apr. 2019 The company will establish an access program to allow some patients with soft-tissue sarcoma—a cancer that develops in connective tissue including muscle—to continue taking the drug with limited interruption after it’s withdrawn from the market. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Eli Lilly to Pull Cancer Drug From Market After Failed Study," 25 Apr. 2019 Yes, there are multiple layers of muscles (plus soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels) that make up the full abdominal wall. Amy Marturana, SELF, "31 of the Best Core Exercises You Can Do at Home," 2 Feb. 2019 Soft tissue is rarely preserved in the fossil record, so scientists turned their attention to a structure called the hyoid—a group of bones that supports and anchors the tongue. Mindy Weisberger, Scientific American, "T. Rex Couldn’t Stick Out Its Tongue," 24 June 2018 More specifically, Jones is giddy over the lack of soft tissue injuries, like hamstring and groin strains, that have plagued the Cowboys for years. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Jerry Jones dishes on Cowboys at fight; Dak optimism, Zeke trust, health and Irving," 18 June 2018 It's made of 100 percent Italian cashmere with a relaxed fit and side pockets—a necessity for stuffing things like tissues and your cellphone into. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes' Pink Mansur Gavriel Coat Is On Sale," 17 Jan. 2019 In that transition, the embryo forms a furrow called the primitive streak and folds inward on itself while cells mature into different lineages that will later give rise to all the organs and tissues of the body. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Elusive master organizer of human embryo growth seen for the first time," 23 May 2018 In addition to the potential for infections and resulting tissue loss, or worse, there are likely ramifications for the ability to localize sound. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Had Part of His Ear Cut Out in a Controversial “Conch Removal” Procedure," 28 Mar. 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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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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