meniscus

noun

me·​nis·​cus mə-ˈni-skəs How to pronounce meniscus (audio)
plural menisci mə-ˈni-ˌskī How to pronounce meniscus (audio)
-ˌskē,
-ˌsī
also meniscuses
1
: a crescent or crescent-shaped body
2
: a concavo-convex lens
3
: the curved upper surface of a column of liquid
4
: a fibrous cartilage within a joint especially of the knee

Examples of meniscus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Angels signed Pillar hours after learning Trout would be out with a torn meniscus. Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register, 8 May 2024 Last year’s breakout came by virtue of the fact that Hubbard was healthy for the first time in his career — after undergoing double abductor surgery and meniscus surgery not many knew about early on in his NFL life. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 6 May 2024 But Leonard played in only two games, unable to finish the series against the Phoenix Suns because of a meniscus tear in his right knee. Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 The Mavs looked differently with Kristaps Porzingis as the second star but the Latvian only played in three of the six games averaging 23.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 52% shooting from three-point range before being sidelined by a torn lateral meniscus. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Apr. 2024 Since recently returning from meniscus surgery in his left knee, Embiid averaged 30.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in his final five appearances of the regular season. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 15 Apr. 2024 According to the Mayo Clinic, a torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries, and causes pain, swelling and stiffness. Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024 New signing Fede Redondo, who played well in his first two games, went down with a meniscus tear in his knee and will miss two months. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 Starting two-guard junior Celena Watson then tore her meniscus and had to be shut down for the year. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek mēniskos, from diminutive of mēnē moon, crescent — more at moon

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of meniscus was in 1685

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Cite this Entry

“Meniscus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meniscus. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

meniscus

noun
me·​nis·​cus mə-ˈnis-kəs How to pronounce meniscus (audio)
plural menisci -ˈnis-ˌ(k)ī How to pronounce meniscus (audio)
-ˌkē
also meniscuses
: the curved upper surface of a liquid column

Medical Definition

meniscus

noun
me·​nis·​cus mə-ˈnis-kəs How to pronounce meniscus (audio)
plural menisci -ˈnis-ˌ(k)ī, -ˌkē How to pronounce meniscus (audio) also meniscuses
1
: a crescent or crescent-shaped body
2
: a fibrous cartilage within a joint:
a
: either of two crescent-shaped lamellae of fibrocartilage that border and partly cover the articulating surfaces of the tibia and femur at the knee : semilunar cartilage:
(1)
: one mostly between the lateral condyles of the tibia and femur

called also external semilunar fibrocartilage, lateral meniscus, lateral semilunar cartilage

(2)
: one mostly between the medial condyles of the tibia and femur

called also internal semilunar fibrocartilage, medial meniscus, medial semilunar cartilage

b
: a thin oval ligament of the temporomandibular joint that is situated between the condyle of the mandible and the mandibular fossa and separates the joint into two cavities
3
: a concavo-convex lens
4
: the curved upper surface of a liquid column that is concave when the containing walls are wetted by the liquid and convex when not

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