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hyaline

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

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 hyaline

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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