hyaline

[noun hahy-uh-leen, -lin; adjective hahy-uh-lin, -lahyn]
noun
  1. Also hy·a·lin [hahy-uh-lin] /ˈhaɪ ə lɪn/. Biochemistry.
    1. a horny substance found in hydatid cysts, closely resembling chitin.
    2. a structureless, transparent substance found in cartilage, the eye, etc., resulting from the pathological degeneration of tissue.
  2. something glassy or transparent.
adjective
  1. of or relating to hyaline.
  2. glassy or transparent.
  3. of or relating to glass.
  4. amorphous; not crystalline.

Origin of hyaline

1655–65; < Late Latin hyalinus < Greek hyálinos of glass. See hyal-, -ine1
Related formssub·hy·a·lin, adjectivesub·hy·a·line, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hyalin

hyalin

noun
  1. glassy translucent substance, such as occurs in certain degenerative skin conditions or in hyaline cartilage

hyaline

adjective
  1. biology clear and translucent, with no fibres or granules
  2. archaic transparent
noun
  1. archaic a glassy transparent surface

Word Origin for hyaline

C17: from Late Latin hyalinus, from Greek hualinos of glass, from hualos glass
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Word Origin and History for hyalin

hyaline

adj.

1660s, from Latin hyalinus, from Greek hyalinos "of glass or crystal," from hyalos "glass" (see hyalo-).

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hyalin in Medicine

hyalin

[hīə-lĭn]
n.
  1. The uniform matrix of hyaline cartilage.
  2. A translucent product of some forms of tissue degeneration.

hyaline

[hīə-lĭn, -līn′]
adj.
  1. Resembling glass, as in translucence or transparency; glassy.
n.
  1. Something that is translucent or transparent.
  2. Variant ofhyalin
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