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.

Nearby words

  1. hyacinthus,
  2. hyades,
  3. hyaena,
  4. hyal-,
  5. hyalin,
  6. hyaline body,
  7. hyaline cartilage,
  8. hyaline degeneration,
  9. hyaline membrane,
  10. hyaline membrane disease

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

/ (ˈhaɪəlɪn) /

noun

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

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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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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Medicine definitions for hyalin

hyalin

[ hīə-lĭn ]

n.

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

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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