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tissue

Syllabification: tis·sue
Pronunciation: /ˈtiSHo͞o
 
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Definition of tissue in English:

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
2.1A disposable piece of absorbent paper, used especially as a handkerchief or for cleaning the skin.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
2.2Rich or fine material of a delicate or gauzy texture: [as modifier]: the blue and silver tissue sari
More example sentences
  • 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.
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.

Origin

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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  • An Old French word that goes back to Latin texere ‘to weave’, the source of text. Tissue was originally a rich material often interwoven with gold or silver threads. From the idea of woven material came the notion of an intricate, connected series in the phrase a tissue of lies. The biological sense is from the mid 19th century. The 20th-century modern disposable paper hankie developed from tissue paper, which has been shortened to tissue since the late 18th century.

Derivatives

tissuey

1
adjective
sense 2.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with tissue

issue, Mogadishu

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