Meniscuses
Meniscus Me*nis"cus, n.; pl. L. {Menisci} (-s[=i]), E. {Meniscuses}. [NL., from Gr. mhni`skos, dim. of mh`nh the moon.] 1. A crescent. [1913 Webster]

2. (Opt.) A lens convex on one side and concave on the other. [1913 Webster]

3. (Anat.) An interarticular synovial cartilage or membrane; esp., one of the intervertebral synovial disks in some parts of the vertebral column of birds. [1913 Webster]

{Converging meniscus}, {Diverging meniscus}. See {Lens}. [1913 Webster]


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  • meniscuses — me·nis·cus || mɪ nɪskÉ™s n. lens that is convex on one side and concave on the other (Optics); crescent or crescent shaped body; disk of cartilage that cushions between the ends of two bones (Anatomy); curvature of the upper surface of liquid …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Converging meniscus — Meniscus Me*nis cus, n.; pl. L. {Menisci} ( s[=i]), E. {Meniscuses}. [NL., from Gr. mhni skos, dim. of mh nh the moon.] 1. A crescent. [1913 Webster] 2. (Opt.) A lens convex on one side and concave on the other. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diverging meniscus — Meniscus Me*nis cus, n.; pl. L. {Menisci} ( s[=i]), E. {Meniscuses}. [NL., from Gr. mhni skos, dim. of mh nh the moon.] 1. A crescent. [1913 Webster] 2. (Opt.) A lens convex on one side and concave on the other. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Menisci — Meniscus Me*nis cus, n.; pl. L. {Menisci} ( s[=i]), E. {Meniscuses}. [NL., from Gr. mhni skos, dim. of mh nh the moon.] 1. A crescent. [1913 Webster] 2. (Opt.) A lens convex on one side and concave on the other. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Meniscus — Me*nis cus, n.; pl. L. {Menisci} ( s[=i]), E. {Meniscuses}. [NL., from Gr. mhni skos, dim. of mh nh the moon.] 1. A crescent. [1913 Webster] 2. (Opt.) A lens convex on one side and concave on the other. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) An interarticular …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meniscus — noun (plural menisci; also meniscuses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek mēniskos, from diminutive of mēnē moon, crescent more at moon Date: 1685 1. a crescent or crescent shaped body 2. a concavo convex lens 3. the curved upper surface of a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Animal locomotion on the surface layer of water — Animal locomotion on the surface layer is the study of animal locomotion in the case of small animals that live on the surface layer of water, relying on surface tension to stay afloat.There are two means of walking on water; the regime… …   Wikipedia

  • meniscus — meniscoid /mi nis koyd/, adj. /mi nis keuhs/, n., pl. menisci / nis uy, nis kuy, kee/, meniscuses. 1. a crescent or a crescent shaped body. 2. the convex or concave upper surface of a column of liquid, the curvature of which is caused by surface… …   Universalium

  • meniscus — [mə nis′kəs] n. pl. meniscuses or menisci [mi nis′ī΄] [ModL < Gr mēniskos, dim. of mēnē, the MOON] 1. a crescent or crescent shaped thing 2. a lens convex on one side and concave on the other: see LENS 3. fibrous cartilage within a joint, esp …   English World dictionary

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