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MENISCUS (menisci)

 Dictionary entry overview: What does meniscus mean? 

MENISCUS (noun)
  The noun MENISCUS has 3 senses:

1. (anatomy) a disk of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet at a joint
2. (optics) a lens that is concave on one side and convex on the other
3. (physics) the curved upper surface of a nonturbulent liquid in a vertical tube

  Familiarity information: MENISCUS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MENISCUS (noun)


Sense 1meniscus [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(anatomy) a disk of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet at a joint

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

meniscus; semilunar cartilage

Hypernyms ("meniscus" is a kind of...):

cartilage; gristle (tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults)

Domain category:

anatomy; general anatomy (the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals)


Sense 2meniscus [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(optics) a lens that is concave on one side and convex on the other

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("meniscus" is a kind of...):

lens; lens system; lense (a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images)

Domain category:

optics (the branch of physics that studies the physical properties of light)


Sense 3meniscus [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics) the curved upper surface of a nonturbulent liquid in a vertical tube

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("meniscus" is a kind of...):

surface (the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)


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