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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Some of these receptors are located in spots governed by the amygdala, a section of tissue that’s responsible for managing emotions like fear, stress and paranoia. Maria Loreto, chicagotribune.com, "Why does cannabis make some people freak out?," 9 Sep. 2019 Necrotizing fasciitis refers to death of the tissue under the skin that surrounds muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Florida man has 25% of his skin stripped from his body in his fight against flesh-eating bacteria," 27 Aug. 2019 However, 12 years later, Scottsdale detective Jim Raines uncovered a previously unseen crime-scene photo that showed a speck of brain tissue in Carpenter’s car. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "The tragic, unsolved murder of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane," 26 Aug. 2019 Technically speaking, lip lifts require that a cosmetic surgeon remove a cup of tissue from beneath your nose. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is a Lip Lift?," 26 Aug. 2019 Stewart's snailfish has its own quirk, beside its huge eyes, which look a bit like a goldfish: a harder ridge of tissue along the fins with unusual markings. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Incredibly Gross New Species of Fish Found in Antarctica," 16 Aug. 2019 Studying sheets of abdominal tissue donated from seven middle-aged surgical patients, the scientists used a technique called multiphoton microscopy to image deep into the samples. Jeffery Delviscio, Scientific American, "A Flash on Jupiter, the Death of Mitochondria and the World under Your Skin: The Week’s Best Science GIFs," 16 Aug. 2019 Researchers have found, for instance, that cancer cells respond to the stiffness of the surrounding tissue and other environmental factors. Quanta Magazine, "For Embryo’s Cells, Size Can Determine Fate," 12 Aug. 2019 Your feet have a thick band of tissue, known as fascia, that stretches between the heel and toes. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Treat heel discomfort for improved mobility, less pain," 19 July 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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