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Meaning of MENISCUS

Pronunciation:  mi'niskus

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a disk of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet at a point

MENISCUS is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: cartilage, gristle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Me*nis"cus\, n.; pl. L. {Menisci} (-s[=i]), E.
{Meniscuses}. [NL., from Gr. ?, dim. of mh`nh the moon.]
1. A crescent.

2. (Opt.) A lens convex on one side and concave on the other.

3. (Anat.) An interarticular synovial cartilage or membrane;
   esp., one of the intervertebral synovial disks in some
   parts of the vertebral column of birds.

{Converging meniscus}, {Diverging meniscus}. See {Lens}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: a part of the cartilage in the knees and other joints.
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