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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Definitions for hyaline

  1. Glassy or transparent.
  2. In biochemistry, a horny substance found in hydatid cysts, closely resembling chitin.
  3. Of or pertaining to hyaline.

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Citations for hyaline
Yet the great sun himself, when he pours his noonday beams upon some vast hyaline boulder, rent from the eternal ice-quarries, and floating toward the tropics, never warms it a fraction above the thirty two degrees of Fahrenheit that marked the moment when the first drop trickled down its side. Oliver Wendell Holmes, The professor at the breakfast-table
Many of these were ripe and hyaline clear. Paulus Peronius Cato Hoek, The literature of the ten principal food fishes of the North Sea
Origin of hyaline
Hyaline stems from the Greek hyalinos, "of glass."