Definition of hyaline in English:


Syllabification: hy·a·line
Pronunciation: /ˈhīəlin, -ˌlīn


Anatomy & Zoology
  • 1Having a glassy, translucent appearance.
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    • The lungs showed significant congestion, edema, and patchy, hyaline membranes in all lobes.
    • In fact, these specimens are rather well preserved and their hyaline appearance in transmitted light is similar to other species of the genus.
    • In sections, the organisms had a hyaline appearance.
  • 1.1Relating to, consisting of, or characterized by hyaline material.
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    • Numerous glomerular wireloop lesions and hyaline capillary loop thrombi were seen.
    • Some lesions may exhibit hyaline fibrosis of blood vessel walls.
    • Some cells have intracytoplasmic lumina with hyaline globules, and there may be hemosiderin deposition.


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  • 1 (the hyaline) literary A thing that is clear and translucent like glass, especially a smooth sea or a clear sky.
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    • Heading straight into the sun the bow of the ship raises its fist for another attack on a relentless swell and angry salt spray spews into the air only to fall back into the collective pit of unchallenged hyaline.
  • 2 another term for hyalin.
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    • Alcoholic hyaline is thought to result from damage to the cytoskeleton of the hepatocyte, and is formed by an aggregation of damaged intermediate filaments.
    • Fat droplets, cholestasis, or alcoholic hyaline may on occasion appear within cells of the adenoma.
    • The number of ballooned hepatocytes, the number of cells with alcoholic hyaline, the amount of satellitosis all tend to be less striking.


mid 17th century: from Latin hyalinus (see hyalin).

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