- a crescent or a crescent-shaped body.
- the convex or concave upper surface of a column of liquid, the curvature of which is caused by surface tension.
- Optics. a lens with a crescent-shaped section; a concavo-convex or convexo-concave lens.
- Anatomy. a disk of cartilage between the articulating ends of the bones in a joint.
Origin of meniscus
Examples from the Web for menisci
Displacement of the menisci of the knee is referred to with injuries of that joint.Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The central, concave edges of the menisci are thin and unattached.
- the curved upper surface of a liquid standing in a tube, produced by the surface tension
- a crescent or half-moon-shaped body or design
- a crescent-shaped fibrous cartilage between the bones at certain joints, esp at the knee
- a crescent-shaped lens; a concavo-convex or convexo-concave lens
Word Origin and History for menisci
"crescent-shaped body," 1690s in reference to lenses, c.1812 in reference to liquid surfaces, Modern Latin meniscus, from Greek meniskos "lunar crescent," diminutive of mene "moon" (see moon (n.)). Related: Meniscoid.
- A crescent-shaped body.
- A concavo-convex lens.
- The curved upper surface of a nonturbulent liquid in a container that is concave if the liquid wets the walls and convex if it does not.
- A disk of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the ends of bones in a joint.
- A lens that is concave on one side and convex on the other.
- The curved upper surface of a column of liquid in a container. The surface is concave if the molecules of the liquid are attracted to the container walls and convex if they are not. See also surface tension.
- A piece of cartilage shaped like a crescent and located at the junction of two bones in a joint. The meniscus acts to absorb shock.