- Biology. an aggregate of similar cells and cell products forming a definite kind of structural material with a specific function, in a multicellular organism.
- tissue paper.
- any of several kinds of soft gauzy papers used for various purposes: cleansing tissue; toilet tissue.
- an interwoven or interconnected series or mass: a tissue of falsehoods.
- a piece of thin writing paper on which carbon copies are made.
- a woven fabric, especially one of light or gauzy texture, originally woven with gold or silver: a blouse of a delicate tissue.
- to remove (a cosmetic or cream) with a facial tissue (often followed by off): Tissue all cosmetics off the face before going to bed.
- to weave, especially with threads of gold and silver.
Origin of tissue
Examples from the Web for tissue
She dabbed them with a tissue and continued without ceremony.Embedding With the Women Who Are Kicking ISIS Ass
December 15, 2014
Medical personnel were expecting Rondin on Monday at Filatov Institute of Eye Diseases and Tissue Therapy.Ukraine’s Wild and Wooly Elections
October 24, 2014
Seven assigned to this task filled each stadium section and also handed out flats of tissue packets.Rwanda Remembers 100 Days of Terror on Genocide’s 20th Anniversary
April 8, 2014
Otherwise they have to go elsewhere for tissue flaps and movement of large chunks of dissected flesh from here to there.What the Man With No Ass Crack Can Teach Darwinists and Creationists
January 14, 2014
Butters kept staring, stone still, the tissue box perfectly balanced.Meet Butters, the Christmas Dog Model
December 25, 2013
She lined the hat with, tissue paper and then, put it on his head again.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The covers were electrified and clung to him like tissue to rubbed amber.
He was wrapping the beautiful smell again in the tissue wrappings.The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
He pointed to the ring and the bit of tissue paper on the table.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
Still staring, Lépine handed him the second sheet of tissue.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
- a part of an organism consisting of a large number of cells having a similar structure and functionconnective tissue; nerve tissue
- a thin piece of soft absorbent paper, usually of two or more layers, used as a disposable handkerchief, towel, etc
- See tissue paper
- an interwoven seriesa tissue of lies
- a woven cloth, esp of a light gauzy nature, originally interwoven with threads of gold or silver
- rare to weave into tissue
- to decorate or clothe with tissue or tissue paper
Word Origin and History for tissue
mid-14c., "band or belt of rich material," from Old French tissu "a ribbon, headband, belt of woven material" (c.1200), noun use of tissu "woven, interlaced," past participle of tistre "to weave," from Latin texere "weave" (see texture). The biological sense is first recorded 1831, from French, introduced c.1800 by French anatomist Marie-François-Xavier Bichal (1771-1802). Tissue-paper is from 1777, supposedly so called because it was made to be placed between tissues to protect them. Meaning "piece of absorbent paper used as a handkerchief" is from 1929.
- An aggregation of morphologically similar cells and associated intercellular matter acting together to perform specific functions in the body. There are four basic types of tissue: muscle, nerve, epithelial, and connective.
- A large mass of similar cells that make up a part of an organism and perform a specific function. The internal organs and connective structures (including bone and cartilage) of vertebrates, and cambium, xylem, and phloem in plants are made up of different types of tissue.