From Middle English tyssew, from Old French tissu, past participle of tistre, from Latin texere.



tissue (countable and uncountable, plural tissues)

  1. Thin, woven, gauze-like fabric.
  2. A fine transparent silk material, used for veils, etc.; specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver threads, or embossed with figures.
  3. A sheet of absorbent paper, especially one that is made to be used as tissue paper, toilet paper or a handkerchief.
  4. Absorbent paper as material.
  5. (biology) A group of cells similar in origin that function together to do a specific job.
  6. Web; texture; complicated fabrication; connected series.
    a tissue of forgeries, or of lies
    • 1888, A. J. Balfour, The Religion of Humanity:
      unwilling to leave the dry bones of Agnosticism wholly unclothed with any living tissue of religious emotion
  7. (horse racing, slang) The scratch sheet or racing form.
    • 2016, Gerald Hammond, The Language of Horse Racing:
      Pricing the first show is a matter of the bookmaker's individual judgment, relying upon advice from all quarters, particularly the tissue; but very soon in the betting exchanges it becomes clear that the sole criterion for the fixing of a horse's price is demand.


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tissue (third-person singular simple present tissues, present participle tissuing, simple past and past participle tissued)

  1. To form tissue of; to interweave.


Middle EnglishEdit



  1. Alternative form of tyssew