hyaline

[ noun hahy-uh-leen, -lin; adjective hahy-uh-lin, -lahyn ]
/ noun ˈhaɪ əˌlin, -lɪn; adjective ˈhaɪ ə lɪn, -ˌlaɪn /

noun

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.
something glassy or transparent.

adjective

of or relating to hyaline.
glassy or transparent.
of or relating to glass.
amorphous; not crystalline.

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Origin of hyaline

1655–65; < Late Latin hyalinus < Greek hyálinos of glass. See hyal-, -ine1

OTHER WORDS FROM hyaline

sub·hy·a·lin, adjectivesub·hy·a·line, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hyalin (1 of 2)

hyalin
/ (ˈhaɪəlɪn) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for hyalin (2 of 2)

hyaline
/ (ˈhaɪəlɪn) /

adjective

biology clear and translucent, with no fibres or granules
archaic transparent

noun

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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Medical definitions for hyalin (1 of 2)

hyalin
[ hīə-lĭn ]

n.

The uniform matrix of hyaline cartilage.
A translucent product of some forms of tissue degeneration.

Medical definitions for hyalin (2 of 2)

hyaline
[ hīə-lĭn, -līn′ ]

adj.

Resembling glass, as in translucence or transparency; glassy.

n.

Something that is translucent or transparent.
Variant ofhyalin
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