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 DuPuy-German said her new physician told her that, according to her charts, Perwaiz had diagnosed her with endometriosis — a painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "Dr. Javaid Perwaiz patients - Virginia Beach, VA," 13 Oct. 2020 Soft tissue may have also been damaged, depending on the severity of the fracture and dislocation. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Explaining Cowboys QB Dak Prescott's compound fracture and ankle dislocation," 12 Oct. 2020 Split a tissue into two layers, and press one of the sheets against skin to remove excess oil or too-thick product. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "How to Apply Concealer Flawlessly, According to Makeup Pros," 9 Oct. 2020 Some critics have suggested that scientists use tissue from spontaneous abortions rather than from elective ones. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "Trump’s Covid Treatments Were Tested in Cells Derived From Fetal Tissue," 8 Oct. 2020 In the past, this tissue was also sometimes taken from abortions. Maggie Fox, CNN, "As Trump hails Regeneron treatment, his administration tries to block the science it used," 8 Oct. 2020 The specific way this tissue turned to glass also helps scientists better understand the eruption. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Vesuvius Killed This Guy 2,000 Years Ago. Somehow, His Brain Cells Are Still Intact.," 7 Oct. 2020 Doctors can diagnose a listeria infection (also called listeriosis) by examining a bacterial culture taken from a body tissue or bodily fluid, such as your blood, spinal fluid, or placenta, the CDC says. Sarah Madaus, SELF, "Apples, Watermelon, and Other Fruit Sold at Walmart Recalled Due to Listeria Risk," 5 Oct. 2020 During a lumpectomy, the breast surgeon would only need to remove a small portion of surrounding tissue and test those cells to make sure no cancer was detected. Kai Mcgee, Marie Claire, "A Devastating Choice: Deciding Between a Lumpectomy or Mastectomy," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Tissue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tissue. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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