follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

hyaline

[n. hahy-uh-leen, -lin; adj. hahy-uh-lin, -lahyn] /n. ˈhaɪ əˌlin, -lɪn; adj. ˈhaɪ ə lɪn, -ˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
Also, hyalin, H04/H0454500 hahy-uh-lin, ˈhaɪ ə lɪn. Biochemistry.
  1. a horny substance found in hydatid cysts, closely resembling chitin.
  2. a structureless, transparent substance found in cartilage, the eye, etc., resulting from the pathological degeneration of tissue.
2.
something glassy or transparent.
adjective
3.
of or relating to hyaline.
4.
glassy or transparent.
5.
of or relating to glass.
6.
amorphous; not crystalline.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Late Latin hyalinus < Greek hyálinos of glass. See hyal-, -ine1
Related forms
subhyalin, adjective
subhyaline, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for hyaline
  • Apparently the hyaline layer, where the fluorescent molecules reside, of the cuticle is resistant and remains in fossils.
British Dictionary definitions for hyaline

hyaline

/ˈhaɪəlɪn/
adjective
1.
(biology) clear and translucent, with no fibres or granules
2.
(archaic) transparent
noun
3.
(archaic) a glassy transparent surface
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin hyalinus, from Greek hualinos of glass, from hualos glass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for hyaline
adj.

1660s, from Latin hyalinus, from Greek hyalinos "of glass or crystal," from hyalos "glass" (see hyalo-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
hyaline in Medicine

hyaline hy·a·line (hī'ə-lĭn, -līn')
adj.
Resembling glass, as in translucence or transparency; glassy. n.

  1. Something that is translucent or transparent.

  2. Variant of hyalin.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hyaline

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hyaline

13
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with hyaline

Nearby words for hyaline