Definition of tissue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪʃuː/
Pronunciation: /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.
matter, material, substance, stuff;
flesh, the body
2Tissue paper: a slim package wrapped in blue tissue
2.1 [count noun] A disposable piece of absorbent paper, used especially as a handkerchief or for cleaning the skin: a box of tissues [mass noun]: Rosheen wiped her fingers on a sheet of tissue
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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.
tissue paper, wrapping paper;
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



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.


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'.

  • 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.

Words that rhyme with tissue

issue, Mogadishu

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Line breaks: tis¦sue

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