[ tish-oo or, esp. British, tis-yoo ]
/ ˈtɪʃ u or, esp. British, ˈtɪs yu /


verb (used with object), tis·sued, tis·su·ing.

to remove (a cosmetic or cream) with a facial tissue (often followed by off): Tissue all cosmetics off the face before going to bed.
to weave, especially with threads of gold and silver.


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Origin of tissue

1325–75; Middle English tissew, variant of tissu < Middle French, Old French, noun use of past participle of tistre to weave < Latin texere


tis·su·al, adjectivetis·su·ey, adjectivein·ter·tis·sued, adjectiveun·tis·sued, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tissue

/ (ˈtɪʃuː, ˈtɪsjuː) /


verb (tr)

rare to weave into tissue
to decorate or clothe with tissue or tissue paper

Word Origin for tissue

C14: from Old French tissu woven cloth, from tistre to weave, from Latin texere
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Medical definitions for tissue

[ tĭshōō ]


An aggregation of morphologically similar cells and associated intercellular matter acting together to perform specific functions in the body. There are four basic types of tissue: muscle, nerve, epithelial, and connective.
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Scientific definitions for tissue

[ tĭshōō ]

A large mass of similar cells that make up a part of an organism and perform a specific function. The internal organs and connective structures (including bone and cartilage) of vertebrates, and cambium, xylem, and phloem in plants are made up of different types of tissue.
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