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 column of liquid 4. a fibrous cartilage within a joint especially of the knee

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  • 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 — crescent shaped body, 1690s in reference to lenses, c.1812 in reference to liquid surfaces, Mod.L. meniscus, from Gk. meniskos lunar crescent, dim. of mene moon (see MOON (Cf. moon) (n.)). Related: Meniscoid …   Etymology dictionary

  • Meniscus — (lat.), 1) ein kleiner Mond; 2) (Math.), so v.w. Lunula; 3) halbmondförmiger Knorpel in Gelenken, bes. dem Kiefergelenke. Daher Meniscatus, halbmondförmig …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • meniscus — ► NOUN (pl. menisci) 1) Physics the curved upper surface of a liquid in a tube. 2) a thin lens convex on one side and concave on the other. ORIGIN Greek m niskos crescent …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • Meniscus — For other uses, see Meniscus (anatomy), Lens (optics)#Types of simple lenses, and Meniscus Film Festival. A: The bottom of a concave meniscus. B: The top of a convex meniscus. The meniscus (plural: menisci, from the Greek for crescent ) is the… …   Wikipedia

  • Meniscus — The word meniscus comes from the Greek and refers to a crescent shaped structure. Today a meniscus is something that is shaped like a crescent moon or a croissant pastry. A meniscus can be an anatomic feature. For example, the medial meniscus of… …   Medical dictionary

  • meniscus —   n. (pl. ci ) crescent shaped object, especially cartilage of knee; concavo convex lens; curved surface of liquid in a tube.    ♦ meniscal,    ♦ meniscate,    ♦ meniscoid, a.    ♦ menisciform, a. shaped like meniscus.    ♦ meniscitis, n.… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • meniscus — meniskinis lęšis statusas T sritis Standartizacija ir metrologija apibrėžtis Dviejų sferinių paviršių lęšis, iš kurių vienas paviršius yra išgaubtas, o kitas – įgaubtas. atitikmenys: angl. meniscus; meniscus lens vok. Meniskuslinse, f; Nullglas,… …   Penkiakalbis aiškinamasis metrologijos terminų žodynas

  • meniscus — meniskinis lęšis statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. meniscus; meniscus lens vok. Meniskus, m; Meniskuslinse, f rus. линза в виде мениска, f; мениск, m; менисковая линза, f pranc. lentille en ménisque, f; ménisque, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Meniscus — Aufbau des Kniegelenks Menisken des Kniegelenks des Menschen Als Meniskus bezeichnet man in der Anatomie einen scheibenförmigen (im Knie halbmondförmigen) Knorpel in ein …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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