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Definition of tissue noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a piece of soft paper that absorbs liquids, used especially as a handkerchief a box of tissues
  2. 2[uncountable] (also tissues [plural]) a collection of cells that form the different parts of humans, animals, and plants muscle/brain/nerve, etc. tissue scar tissue
  3. 3(also tissue paper) [uncountable] very thin paper used for wrapping and packing things that break easily
  4. Idioms
    a tissue of lies (literary)
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    a story, an excuse, etc. that is full of lies
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