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
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
Recent Examples of tissue from the Web
One group, called HAAs (heterocyclic aromatic amines), form during high-temperature reactions between substances in muscle tissue.
Ella's feet are webbed and her fingers are fused together by the scar tissue from incessant wounds.
Bone is living tissue that is in a constant state of regeneration as the body naturally removes old bone and replaces it with new bone.
Hobbie notes that people can be carbon-dated, thanks to radiocarbon isotopes in tooth enamel and other human tissues put together after the thermonuclear tests of the mid-20th century.
Dr. Reed and her husband fought for years to ban the use of a surgical tool called a power morcellator, which has a spinning blade that slices up tissue so it can be extracted through small incisions.
Two decades later, the song hits just as hard (co-host Vanessa Hudgens later half-joked about needing a tissue).
Doctors could also take the time to repair tissue, turning more organs into viable donations.
A Belgian woman gave birth on Thursday to the first baby born after an ovarian tissue transplant, a medical breakthrough that brings hope to young cancer patients whose fertility may be damaged by treatment.
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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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