[ vi-tree-uh s ]
/ ˈvɪ tri əs /


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.

Origin of vitreous

1640–50; < Latin vitreus, equivalent to vitr(um) glass + -eus -eous

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British Dictionary definitions for vitreous

/ (ˈvɪtrɪəs) /


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

Derived forms of vitreous

vitreously, adverb

Word Origin for vitreous

C17: from Latin vitreus made of glass, from vitrum glass; probably related to vidēre to see
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Medical definitions for vitreous

[ vĭtrē-əs ]


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


The vitreous body.
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Scientific definitions for vitreous

[ vĭtrē-əs ]

Relating to or resembling glass.
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