What does tissue mean?

Definitions for tissue
ˈtɪʃ u; esp. Brit. ˈtɪs yutis·sue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tissuenoun

    part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells having a similar structure and function

  2. tissue, tissue paperverb

    a soft thin (usually translucent) paper

  3. weave, tissueverb

    create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton

    "tissue textiles"


  1. tissuenoun

    Thin, woven, gauze-like fabric.

  2. tissuenoun

    A sheet of absorbent paper, especially one that is made to be used as tissue paper, toilet paper or a handkerchief.

  3. tissuenoun

    Absorbent paper as material.

  4. tissuenoun

    A group of similar cells that function together to do a specific job

  5. tissueverb

    To form tissue of; to interweave.

    Covered with cloth of gold tissued upon blue. uE00027296uE001 Francis Bacon.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tissuenoun

    Cloth interwoven with gold or silver.

    Etymology: tissue, Fr. tisan , to weave, Norman Saxon.

    In their glittering tissues emblaz’d
    Holy memorials, acts of zeal and love,
    Recorded eminent. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    A robe of tissue, stiff with golden wire;
    An upper vest, once Helen’s rich attire;
    From Argos by the fam’d adultress brought,
    With golden flow’rs and winding foliage wrought. Dryden.

  2. To Tissueverb

    To interweave; to variegate.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The chariot was covered with cloth of gold tissued upon blue. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    They have been always frank of their blessings to countenance any great action; and then, according as it should prosper, to tissue upon it some pretence or other. Henry Wotton.

    Mercy will sit between,
    Thron’d in cœlestial sheen,
    With radiant feet the tissued clouds down steering. John Milton.


  1. tissue

    Tissue is a group of similar cells and their associated extracellular structures that come together to perform a specific function in an organism. Tissues are found in both animals and plants. In humans, for example, there are four basic types of tissue: epithelial, muscle, nervous, and connective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tissuenoun

    a woven fabric

  2. Tissuenoun

    a fine transparent silk stuff, used for veils, etc.; specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver threads, or embossed with figures

  3. Tissuenoun

    one of the elementary materials or fibres, having a uniform structure and a specialized function, of which ordinary animals and plants are composed; a texture; as, epithelial tissue; connective tissue

  4. Tissuenoun

    fig.: Web; texture; complicated fabrication; connected series; as, a tissue of forgeries, or of falsehood

  5. Tissueverb

    to form tissue of; to interweave


  1. Tissue

    An anatomical structure consisting of similarly specialized cells and intercellular matrix, aggregated according to genetically determined spatial relationships, performing a specific function.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tissue

    tish′ū, n. cloth interwoven with gold or silver, or with figured colours: (anat.) the substance of which organs are composed: a connected series.—v.t. to form, as tissue: to interweave: to variegate.—n. Tis′sue-pā′per, a thin, soft, semi-transparent kind of paper. [Fr. tissu, woven, pa.p. of tistre—L. texĕre, to weave.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tissue

    A group of organisms that function together for a specific purpose in the body of an animal or human being.

    The muscle tissue functions together to move the leg.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tissue is ranked #49461 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tissue surname appeared 425 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Tissue.

    98.3% or 418 total occurrences were White.
    1.6% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tissue' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4431

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tissue' in Nouns Frequency: #1424

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tissue in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tissue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of tissue in a Sentence

  1. Gregory Bernstein:

    Everyone's pain threshold is a little different. An embolization is pretty painful regardless. Think about it. Jamin Brahmbhatt are cutting off the blood supply to tissue in the body, which cuts off oxygen, which causes tissue to die, and that can be pretty painful.

  2. Mike Soroka:

    They were basically floating around in there creating a bunch of inflammatory tissue response, and that’s what I was feeling, (The surgeon) got in there and took them out. They were sitting right on top.

  3. Vera Volnikh:

    When we examined her stomach, small, intestine and large intestine, all of them were empty, there was no fat tissue on this baby.

  4. Thomas Arnold Bennett:

    You wake up in the morning, and your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. No one can take it from you. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.

  5. Daniel Williams:

    If blood in the penis has already clotted, they may also need to use a needle to flush out the blood clot and get normal, healthy blood flowing back into the tissue.

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