Definition of tissue in English:


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’
    ‘the organs and tissues of the body’
    • ‘The walls may contain mucous glands, cartilage, elastic tissue and muscle.’
    • ‘But when a patient has a cancer removed, and the tissue is sent to me for diagnosis and testing, what exactly does it mean to say I must have the patient's consent?’
    • ‘For example, brain and hematopoietic stem cells give rise only to neural tissue and blood cells, respectively.’
    • ‘Several green fluorescence protein probes that could genetically be distributed throughout the tissue might be useful in this regard.’
    • ‘The current treatment involves taking skin samples from unaffected areas and putting them through a meshing machine to expand the tissue.’
    • ‘First, through their deliquescence of the tissue, they create a physically hospitable environment for larvae and adults.’
    • ‘The team now aim to improve the quality of the tissue grown in the lab, to make it more comparable with that of a young animal.’
    • ‘Through this increase, delivery of oxygen to tissues should rise, thus improving tissue oxygenation and cell function.’
    • ‘The infiltrate was seen deep, involving the skeletal muscle and adipose tissue.’
    • ‘This technique has been used for many tissues, including neural and cardiac tissue and cartilage.’
    • ‘Scans revealed the thin layer of bone behind the cheek which supports the eye had perished and all the tissue had disappeared through a hole to the sinuses.’
    • ‘Either it has been replaced with scar tissue or the cells have been damaged.’
    • ‘Wearing a mask to accelerate his oxygen intake, he sometimes would be joined by a therapist who worked on his leg, massaging the tissue.’
    • ‘It all started when my vein was ‘tissued’ - my IV tube slipped out of the vein and the medicine was pumped into the tissue by mistake.’
    • ‘Unlike other lymphoid tissue, red blood cells flow through it.’
    • ‘The baby is born with a fistula tissue which can connect the esophagus with the trachea.’
    • ‘In the meantime, the remaining general surgeons obtain lymph nodes and spleen tissue samples for further laboratory studies.’
    • ‘They can cause extensive damage and severe lesions by entering the root and migrating through the tissue while they feed.’
    • ‘Subcutaneous adipose tissue and skeletal muscle mass, however, were the same in both groups.’
    • ‘The microscope could be mechanically translated deeper into the tissue to image remote structures.’
    matter, material, substance, stuff
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  • 2Tissue paper.

    ‘a slim package wrapped in blue tissue’
    1. 2.1count 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’
      • ‘She found herself blushing at the compliment and in an effort to deflect his attention from her red cheeks, pulled a clean tissue from her pocket and started to dab at the damp spot.’
      • ‘Instead, take a clean tissue, pour rubbing alcohol onto it, dab, and wipe your face with it.’
      • ‘Because I didn't have a handkerchief or a tissue of any kind, I wrapped the bottom of my shirt around my hand and wiped his eyes.’
      • ‘On one side of the chair, a box of tissues; on the other side, a waste paper basket.’
      • ‘She took a tissue from a dispenser, carefully shifted her goggles and dabbed her eyes dry, then tossed the tissue in the medical waste receptacle.’
      • ‘To touch up make-up to get rid of shine, gently press a dry tissue to your skin to absorb excess grease, or use grease-absorbing make-up tissues.’
      • ‘Remember to throw the tissue away immediately after use.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I mean, who in their right mind thinks they can sell a box of tissues for ten quid?’
      • ‘For a portable and convenient inhalant put one drop each of the same oils on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale whenever needed to ease laboured breathing and a stuffy nose.’
      • ‘There are flowers everywhere: on a pair of sandals, on a box of tissues, in vivid bloom on the top of a lavatory.’
      • ‘You're going to get involved in it and bring your handkerchief or a tissue or two.’
      • ‘In fact, even using a handkerchief or a tissue at the table to blow, rather than to blot discreetly, would be offensive.’
      • ‘The only thing lacking are moist tissues to clean fingers with after eating the ribs.’
      • ‘Your nose is blocked by sudden untapped reserves of mucus, so it's lucky you keep a box of paper tissues beside your bed.’
      • ‘People should keep their hands clean and use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes.’
      • ‘In other news, I have a box of tissues here that I bought upstairs earlier to help with my snotty nose.’
      • ‘Quickly she left the room to go search for a clean tissue to wipe the cut.’
      • ‘Wipe the baggy clean with a tissue and start over with a new picture.’
      • ‘As she was trying to clean up the mess, using a box of tissues, she heard the honking of a horn behind her.’
      tissue paper, wrapping paper
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    2. 2.2 Rich or fine material of a delicate or gauzy texture.
      as modifier ‘the blue and silver tissue sari’
      • ‘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
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  • 3in singular An intricate structure or network made from a number of connected items.

    ‘such scandalous stories are a tissue of lies’
    • ‘What was said was a tissue of lies - most particularly, when I was not here to defend myself.’
    • ‘It is also true that the reasons authoritatively given for the wars, as opposed to those concocted by their left-wing supporters, were a tissue of lies.’
    • ‘Instead I watched as a war was launched with a tissue of lies, and as innocents died needlessly.’
    • ‘In other words, what we are looking at is a CIA front company, designed to act as an owner of record for the plane and provide a tissue of commercial cover to its activities.’
    • ‘‘Anyone who knows me will recognise the orchestrated campaign of character assassination was a tissue of lies,’ he said.’
    • ‘The case against them, as this book makes clear, is a tissue of lies.’
    • ‘It has proved to be nothing more than a tissue of lies and falsehoods.’
    • ‘In his twisted world, this mild exposition is a tissue of lies, misrepresentations, and abuse of power.’
    • ‘It's called slander, and if your trashing is a tissue of lies that ends up harming your competitor's business, you can be sued successfully.’
    • ‘In fact, the whole thing sounds like a tissue of lies from beginning to end.’
    • ‘However, a closer look at the tissue of the dream reveals the most precarious of balances between the concerns of the individual and those of the family and community.’
    • ‘When it surfaced three days later, a Mississippi jury tried to do its part by burying his story under a tissue of lies and misrepresentations.’
    • ‘It responds to a fault line in Irish society that had been to a degree filmed over by a tissue of lies for a long time, masking the true reek of its corruption and, yes, evil.’
    • ‘It relies for its maintenance upon an infinitely complex and delicate tissue of relations and activities, some humble and others grand.’
    • ‘If what he says is a tissue of lies, he is a megalomaniac.’
    • ‘Did you also know that you can't believe anything you read in the press, because it is all a tissue of lies?’
    • ‘They all worked together and had concocted a tissue of lies.’
    • ‘They've uncovered some of the tissue of evasions and deceptions.’
    • ‘‘He knows of the existence of this file which is nothing but a tissue of lies,’ said his assistant.’
    • ‘It's Michael Stipe on his back, singing through a gauzy tissue of metaphors and soft, honest statements.’
    web, network, nexus, maze, tangle, knot, complex, mass, conglomeration, set, series, chain
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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’.