Definition of tissue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɪʃuː//
    , also BrE//ˈtɪsjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪʃuː//
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  1. 1[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 See related entries: Cell biology
  2. 2[countable] a piece of soft paper that absorbs liquids, used especially as a handkerchief a box of tissues
  3. 3(also tissue paper) [uncountable] very thin paper used for wrapping and packing things that break easily
  4. Word Originlate 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 cent.) any woven fabric, hence the sense of ‘intricacy’.Extra examples Dyes were extracted by boiling the plant tissue. He wiped his nose on a tissue. She gently dabbed her eyes with a tissue. She grabbed a wad of tissues from the box and soaked up the spilt wine. She treats skin and soft tissue injuries in casualty. Vitamin C helps maintain healthy connective tissue.Idioms (literary) a story, an excuse, etc. that is full of lies
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