tissue

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

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 \ 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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The majority of the lawsuits that J&J faces involve claims that talc itself caused ovarian cancer, but a smaller number of cases allege that contaminated talc caused mesothelioma, a tissue cancer closely linked to asbestos exposure. NBC News, "Johnson & Johnson told to pay $4.7 billion in baby powder case," 13 July 2018 But generally speaking, poor cerebral blood flow can lead to brain tissue death and result in stroke, hemorrhage and other conditions, according to Healthline. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "Citing health study, Lancaster mayor wants to ban workplace necktie requirements for city employees," 12 July 2018 Then the entire leaf can turn brown and wither as its tissue dies. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Brown leaves in summer probably signal scorched plants," 11 July 2018 After graduation from dental school in 2007, Dr. Carmichael received additional training in root canal therapy, soft tissue laser therapy, implant surgery, and implant restorations. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 Asbestos was found in the ovarian tissue of several of the women in this case. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "Johnson & Johnson still battling thousands of cases involving its talcum powder," 13 July 2018 Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Lena Dunham Gained 24 Pounds—and Is Happier Than Ever," 10 July 2018 Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lena Dunham Shares Body Positive Message, Feels 'Happy Joyous & Free' After Weight Gain," 10 July 2018 And the chemicals are known to bioaccumulate, meaning they are absorbed into the tissue of fish and accumulate over time. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Hawaii to ban sunscreen that damages coral," 7 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to tissue

tissue of lies

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tissue

noun

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

tissue

noun
tis·sue | \ˈti-shü \

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

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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