Definition of hyaline in English:


Line breaks: hya|line
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪəlɪn
, -iːn, -ʌɪn/


Anatomy & Zoology
1(Chiefly of cartilage) glassy and translucent in 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 or consisting of hyalin.
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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 smooth sea or a clear sky: through the clear hyaline the ship came sailing
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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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