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meniscus

[ mi-nis-kuhs ]
/ m瑟藞n瑟s k蓹s /
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noun, plural me路nis路ci [mi-nis-ahy, -nis-kahy, -kee], /m瑟藞n瑟s a瑟, -藞n瑟s ka瑟, -ki/, me路nis路cus路es.
a crescent or a crescent-shaped body.
the convex or concave upper surface of a column of liquid, the curvature of which is caused by surface tension.
Optics. a lens with a crescent-shaped section; a concavo-convex or convexo-concave lens.
Anatomy. a disk of cartilage between the articulating ends of the bones in a joint.
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Origin of meniscus

1685鈥95; <New Latin <Greek m膿n铆skos crescent, diminutive of m岣梟膿 moon

OTHER WORDS FROM meniscus

me路nis路coid [mi-nis-koid], /m瑟藞n瑟s k蓴瑟d/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for meniscus

meniscus
/ (m瑟藞n瑟sk蓹s) /

noun plural -nisci (-藞n瑟sa瑟) or -niscuses
the curved upper surface of a liquid standing in a tube, produced by the surface tension
a crescent or half-moon-shaped body or design
a crescent-shaped fibrous cartilage between the bones at certain joints, esp at the knee
a crescent-shaped lens; a concavo-convex or convexo-concave lens

Derived forms of meniscus

meniscoid, adjective

Word Origin for meniscus

C17: from New Latin, from Greek m膿niskos crescent, diminutive of m膿n膿 moon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for meniscus

meniscus
[ m蓹-n沫sk蓹s ]

Plural menisci (m蓹-n沫s墨, -k墨, -k膿) meniscuses
A lens that is concave on one side and convex on the other.
The curved upper surface of a column of liquid in a container. The surface is concave if the molecules of the liquid are attracted to the container walls and convex if they are not. See also surface tension.
A piece of cartilage shaped like a crescent and located at the junction of two bones in a joint. The meniscus acts to absorb shock.
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