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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Definitions for hyaline

  1. Glassy or transparent.
  2. In biochemistry, a horny substance found in hydatid cysts, closely resembling chitin.
  3. Of or pertaining to hyaline.

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Citations for hyaline
Yet the great sun himself, when he pours his noonday beams upon some vast hyaline boulder, rent from the eternal ice-quarries, and floating toward the tropics, never warms it a fraction above the thirty two degrees of Fahrenheit that marked the moment when the first drop trickled down its side. Oliver Wendell Holmes, The professor at the breakfast-table
Many of these were ripe and hyaline clear. Paulus Peronius Cato Hoek, The literature of the ten principal food fishes of the North Sea
Origin of hyaline
1655-1665
Hyaline stems from the Greek hyalinos, "of glass."