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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.


like tissue
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Removing the softly molded leather from its tissuey nest, Shak marvels at the tilt of the heel and the sensuous line of the arch.
The other maid teeters behind La Infanta, unrumpling the lace of the princess's sleeve that goes astray each time her arm grazes the boughs of her skirt, boughs wired to spread the fabric out at her waist and send it tumbling, a tissuey, stuffed tun to the floor.
Its robust, prickly stems hold soft, green leaves that show off to perfection the plant's intensely-coloured tissuey blooms of deepest cerise, pale pink or white from the start of summer, through to autumn.