[noun hahy-uh-leen, -lin; adjective hahy-uh-lin, -lahyn]
- Also hy·a·lin [hahy-uh-lin] /ˈhaɪ ə lɪn/. Biochemistry.
- a horny substance found in hydatid cysts, closely resembling chitin.
- a structureless, transparent substance found in cartilage, the eye, etc., resulting from the pathological degeneration of tissue.
- something glassy or transparent.
- of or relating to hyaline.
- glassy or transparent.
- of or relating to glass.
- amorphous; not crystalline.
Origin of hyaline
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Examples from the Web for hyaline
Semi-hyaline: hyaline in part only: not altogether transparent.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The first glume is ovate-lanceolate, acute and hyaline, 1-nerved.
Grain is free, rugose, and the pericarp is hyaline and loose.
The first glume is very minute, empty, hyaline and persistent.
The third glume is hyaline, linear-oblong, 2-nerved ciliate.
- biology clear and translucent, with no fibres or granules
- archaic transparent
- archaic a glassy transparent surface
C17: from Late Latin hyalinus, from Greek hualinos of glass, from hualos glass
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Word Origin and History for hyaline
1660s, from Latin hyalinus, from Greek hyalinos "of glass or crystal," from hyalos "glass" (see hyalo-).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Resembling glass, as in translucence or transparency; glassy.
- Something that is translucent or transparent.
- Variant ofhyalin
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