- 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 bodyMore 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.
- 2.1 [count noun] A disposable piece of absorbent paper, used especially as a handkerchief or for cleaning the skin: a box of tissuesMore 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.
- 2.2Rich or fine material of a delicate or gauzy texture: [as modifier]: the blue and silver tissue sariMore 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 liesMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
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'.