Tissue is part of the body of a living thing that is made of similar cells, like the cardiac tissue of your heart. A tissue is also a soft, thin piece of paper used for wiping noses and tear drops.

The noun tissue comes from the Old French word tissu, meaning “a ribbon, or belt of woven material.” In fact, as a verb, tissue means "weave fabric strands." Today, we think of tissues as the disposable paper for blowing our noses or packing presents. A different kind of tissue is found in the body — the groups of cells that have the same job, like scar tissue that protects a wound as it heals.

Primary Meanings of tissue

part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells having a similar structure and function
a soft thin (usually translucent) paper
create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
Full Definitions of tissue

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

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band, isthmus
a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure
animal tissue
the tissue in the bodies of animals
one of two spiral bands of tissue connecting the egg yolk to the enclosing membrane at either end of the shell
embryonic tissue
tissue in an embryo
margin between the skin of the pastern and the horn of the hoof
epithelial tissue, epithelium
membranous tissue covering internal organs and other internal surfaces of the body
the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat
capillary bed
a layer of tissue densely packed with capillaries
animal tissue that constitutes the essential part of an organ as contrasted with e.g. connective tissue and blood vessels
interstitial tissue
tissue between the cells of a structure or part in plant or animal
adipose tissue, fat, fatty tissue
a kind of body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy; it also cushions and insulates vital organs
connective tissue
tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments
lymphatic tissue, lymphoid tissue
tissue making up the lymphatic system
cartilage, gristle
tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
erectile tissue
vascular tissue capable of filling with blood and becoming rigid
muscle, muscular tissue
animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells
fibrous tissue
tissue consisting of or containing fibers in both animals and plants
nerve tissue, nervous tissue
tissue composed of neurons
gingiva, gum
the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth
cortex, lens cortex
the tissue that surrounds the lens nucleus
a movable piece of tissue partly connected to the body
membrane, tissue layer
a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects the organs or cells of animals or plants
the tissue forming the outer layer of an organ or structure in plant or animal
the inner part of an organ or structure in plant or animal
the formative tissue at the base of a nail
graft, transplant
(surgery) tissue or organ transplanted from a donor to a recipient; in some cases the patient can be both donor and recipient
the supporting tissue of an organ (as opposed to parenchyma)
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body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

n a soft thin (usually translucent) paper

tissue paper
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cigarette paper, rolling paper
a strong tissue paper that burns evenly and is sufficiently porous to control the burning of the tobacco in a cigarette
facial tissue
tissue paper suitable for use on the face
a piece of soft absorbent paper (usually two or more thin layers) used as a disposable handkerchief
bathroom tissue, toilet paper, toilet tissue
a soft thin absorbent paper for use in toilets
toilet roll
a roll of toilet paper
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a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses

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

tissue textiles”
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net, web
construct or form a web, as if by weaving
weave on a loom
weave a design into (textiles)
do lacework
braid, lace, plait
make by braiding or interlacing
weave diagonal lines into (textiles)
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create from raw material, create from raw stuff
make from scratch

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