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Sunday, December 05, 2010

hyaline

\HAHY-uh-lahyn\ , adjective;
1.
Glassy or transparent.
noun:
1.
In biochemistry, a horny substance found in hydatid cysts, closely resembling chitin.
adjective:
1.
Of or pertaining to hyaline.
noun:
1.
In biochemistry, a transparent substance found in cartilage, the eye, etc., resulting from the pathological degeneration of tissue.
Quotes:
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:
Hyaline stems from the Greek hyalinos, "of glass."
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