Definition of tissue
2 : a piece of soft absorbent tissue paper used especially as a handkerchief or for removing cosmetics
3 : 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
tissueyplay \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
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1563
TISSUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tissue for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of tissue for Students
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
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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