- Also hy·a·lin [hahy-uh-lin] /ˈhaɪ ə lɪn/. Biochemistry.
- a horny substance found in hydatid cysts, closely resembling chitin.
- a structureless, transparent substance found in cartilage, the eye, etc., resulting from the pathological degeneration of tissue.
- something glassy or transparent.
- of or relating to hyaline.
- glassy or transparent.
- of or relating to glass.
- amorphous; not crystalline.
Origin of hyaline
Related Words for hyalineclear, thin, translucent, sheer, gauzy, glazed, icy, shiny, sleek, diaphanous, filmy, glassy, gossamer, limpid, lucid, pellucid, permeable, plain, vitreous, crystalline
Examples from the Web for hyaline
Historical Examples of hyaline
Semi-hyaline: hyaline in part only: not altogether transparent.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The first glume is ovate-lanceolate, acute and hyaline, 1-nerved.
Grain is free, rugose, and the pericarp is hyaline and loose.
The first glume is very minute, empty, hyaline and persistent.
The third glume is hyaline, thin, oblong, obtuse and nerveless.
- biology clear and translucent, with no fibres or granules
- archaic transparent
- archaic a glassy transparent surface
Word Origin for hyaline
1660s, from Latin hyalinus, from Greek hyalinos "of glass or crystal," from hyalos "glass" (see hyalo-).
- Resembling glass, as in translucence or transparency; glassy.
- Something that is translucent or transparent.
- Variant ofhyalin