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 (tĭsh′o͞o, -yo͞o)
1. A fine, very thin fabric, such as gauze.
2. Tissue paper.
3. A soft, absorbent piece of paper used as toilet paper, a handkerchief, or a towel.
4. An interwoven or interrelated number of things; a web; a network: "The text is a tissue of mocking echoes" (Richard M. Kain).
5. Biology An aggregation of morphologically similar cells and associated intercellular matter acting together to perform one or more specific functions in an organism. There are four basic types of tissue in many animals: muscle, nerve, epidermal, and connective.

[Middle English tissu, a rich kind of cloth, from Old French, from past participle of tistre, to weave, from Latin texere; see teks- in Indo-European roots.]

tis′su·ey adj.
tis′su·lar adj.
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like tissue
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I walked slowly down the aisle of the boat, as if in a monastery, swatting through the tissuey pages for red passages that would fit the moment.
And as formal objects, Lee's works reveal visceral, almost violent marks of making; they are bodily forms wrested open and disfigured, whose sick, tissuey glazes leak from fissures and orifices.
Removing the softly molded leather from its tissuey nest, Shak marvels at the tilt of the heel and the sensuous line of the arch.