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vitreous

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adjective

of the nature of or resembling glass, as in transparency, brittleness, hardness, glossiness, etc.: vitreous china.
of or relating to glass.
obtained from or containing glass.

RELATED WORDS

clear, translucent, transparent, glasslike, hyaline, hyaloid

Nearby words

vitreo-, vitreodentin, vitreoretinal, vitreoretinal choroidopathy syndrome, vitreosity, vitreous, vitreous body, vitreous chamber of eye, vitreous detachment, vitreous hernia, vitreous humor

Origin of vitreous

1640–50; < Latin vitreus, equivalent to vitr(um) glass + -eus -eous
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British Dictionary definitions for vitreous

vitreous

/ (ˈvɪtrɪəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling glass
made of, derived from, or containing glass
of or relating to the vitreous humour or vitreous body
Derived Formsvitreously, adverb

Word Origin for vitreous

C17: from Latin vitreus made of glass, from vitrum glass; probably related to vidēre to see
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vitreous

vitreous


adj.

1640s, from Latin vitreus "of glass, glassy," from vitreum "glass," which perhaps was so called for its color (cf. vitrium "woad"). Vitreous humor attested from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for vitreous

vitreous

[ vĭtrē-əs ]

adj.

Of, relating to, resembling, or having the nature of glass; glassy.
Of or relating to the vitreous body.

n.

The vitreous body.
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Science definitions for vitreous

vitreous

[ vĭtrē-əs ]

Relating to or resembling glass.
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