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

Definition of meniscus

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 Kelly also announced surgeries for freshman OT Blake Fisher (meniscus repair, 8 weeks), LB Paul Moala (torn Achilles tendon, season), LB Shayne Simon (torn labrum, season) and TE Keith Bauman (fibula fracture, 6 weeks). Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 11 Sep. 2021 Kelly also announced surgeries for freshman OT Blake Fisher (meniscus repair, 8 weeks), LB Paul Moala (torn Achilles tendon, season), LB Shayne Simon (torn labrum, season) and TE Keith Bauman (fibula fracture, 6 weeks). John Fineran, chicagotribune.com, 10 Sep. 2021 However, a more serious torn meniscus would mean that Smith will miss the entire season. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 In the victory over the Bucs, the Bengals lost third-round linebacker Joseph Ossai to a probable season-ending meniscus injury that will require surgery. cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021 Most of us have never had a torn meniscus, much less tried to play basketball on it, much less carried the playoff hopes of an NBA franchise on it. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Polo sustained a ruptured right quadriceps and a torn meniscus on the play and will be out the rest of the season. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Lynch said Wilson did not have previous meniscus issues and was not experiencing knee discomfort. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 May 2021 Washington’s Joe Tryon did, too, and suffered meniscus damage at his pro day, according to The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of meniscus

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for meniscus

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

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“Meniscus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meniscus. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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

Medical Definition of meniscus

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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