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

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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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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17 May 2022

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“Tissue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tissue. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tissue


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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