Definition of tissue in English:


Line breaks: tis¦sue
Pronunciation: /ˈtɪʃuː
, ˈtɪsjuː


[mass noun]
1Any of the distinct types of material of which animals or plants are made, consisting of specialized cells and their products: inflammation is a reaction of living tissue to infection or injury (tissues) the organs and tissues of the body
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  • For example, brain and hematopoietic stem cells give rise only to neural tissue and blood cells, respectively.
  • Subcutaneous adipose tissue and skeletal muscle mass, however, were the same in both groups.
  • This technique has been used for many tissues, including neural and cardiac tissue and cartilage.
2.1 [count noun] A disposable piece of absorbent paper, used especially as a handkerchief or for cleaning the skin: a box of tissues
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  • Your nose is blocked by sudden untapped reserves of mucus, so it's lucky you keep a box of paper tissues beside your bed.
  • There's a lot in modern life for which to be thankful and the invention and availability of paper tissues is high on the list.
  • Quickly she left the room to go search for a clean tissue to wipe the cut.
paper handkerchief, disposable handkerchief, facial tissue, toilet tissue, toilet paper, wipe, paper towel, kitchen towel
trademark Kleenex
2.2Rich or fine material of a delicate or gauzy texture: [as modifier]: the blue and silver tissue sari
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  • Elements from the paintings have been picked up to create a collection of saris and drapes in brocades, georgettes, tissue and jacquard crepe de chine.
gauze, gossamer, chiffon;
netting, mesh, lattice, web, webbing, screen, mat;
fabric, material, textile, fibre
3 [in singular] An intricate structure or network made from a number of connected items: such scandalous stories are a tissue of lies
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  • In fact, the whole thing sounds like a tissue of lies from beginning to end.
  • ‘Anyone who knows me will recognise the orchestrated campaign of character assassination was a tissue of lies,’ he said.
  • In his twisted world, this mild exposition is a tissue of lies, misrepresentations, and abuse of power.
web, network, nexus, maze, tangle, knot, complex, mass, conglomeration, set, series, chain


late Middle English: from Old French tissu 'woven', past participle of tistre, from Latin texere 'to weave'. The word originally denoted a rich material, often interwoven with gold or silver threads, later (mid 16th century) any woven fabric, hence the notion of 'intricacy'.



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  • After his death he was changed into the flower with delicate tissuey petals which bears his name.
  • Strange to say, though, the sheeting reminds me of the tissuey, disposable headrest covers on airline seats.
  • A frenzied cello complemented the sound like a soft spray of perfume on tissuey stationary.

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