meniscus "crescent-shaped body," 1690s in reference to lenses, c.1812 in reference to liquid surfaces, Mod.L. meniscus, from Gk. meniskos "lunar crescent," dim. of mene "moon" (see MOON (Cf. moon) (n.)). Related: Meniscoid.

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  • Meniscus — Me*nis cus, n.; pl. L. {Menisci} ( s[=i]), E. {Meniscuses}. [NL., from Gr. mhni skos, dim. of mh nh the moon.] 1. A crescent. [1913 Webster] 2. (Opt.) A lens convex on one side and concave on the other. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) An interarticular …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Meniscus — (lat.), 1) ein kleiner Mond; 2) (Math.), so v.w. Lunula; 3) halbmondförmiger Knorpel in Gelenken, bes. dem Kiefergelenke. Daher Meniscatus, halbmondförmig …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • meniscus — ► NOUN (pl. menisci) 1) Physics the curved upper surface of a liquid in a tube. 2) a thin lens convex on one side and concave on the other. ORIGIN Greek m niskos crescent …   English terms dictionary

  • meniscus — [mə nis′kəs] n. pl. meniscuses or menisci [mi nis′ī΄] [ModL < Gr mēniskos, dim. of mēnē, the MOON] 1. a crescent or crescent shaped thing 2. a lens convex on one side and concave on the other: see LENS 3. fibrous cartilage within a joint, esp …   English World dictionary

  • Meniscus — For other uses, see Meniscus (anatomy), Lens (optics)#Types of simple lenses, and Meniscus Film Festival. A: The bottom of a concave meniscus. B: The top of a convex meniscus. The meniscus (plural: menisci, from the Greek for crescent ) is the… …   Wikipedia

  • Meniscus — The word meniscus comes from the Greek and refers to a crescent shaped structure. Today a meniscus is something that is shaped like a crescent moon or a croissant pastry. A meniscus can be an anatomic feature. For example, the medial meniscus of… …   Medical dictionary

  • meniscus —   n. (pl. ci ) crescent shaped object, especially cartilage of knee; concavo convex lens; curved surface of liquid in a tube.    ♦ meniscal,    ♦ meniscate,    ♦ meniscoid, a.    ♦ menisciform, a. shaped like meniscus.    ♦ meniscitis, n.… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • meniscus — meniskinis lęšis statusas T sritis Standartizacija ir metrologija apibrėžtis Dviejų sferinių paviršių lęšis, iš kurių vienas paviršius yra išgaubtas, o kitas – įgaubtas. atitikmenys: angl. meniscus; meniscus lens vok. Meniskuslinse, f; Nullglas,… …   Penkiakalbis aiškinamasis metrologijos terminų žodynas

  • meniscus — meniskinis lęšis statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. meniscus; meniscus lens vok. Meniskus, m; Meniskuslinse, f rus. линза в виде мениска, f; мениск, m; менисковая линза, f pranc. lentille en ménisque, f; ménisque, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Meniscus — Aufbau des Kniegelenks Menisken des Kniegelenks des Menschen Als Meniskus bezeichnet man in der Anatomie einen scheibenförmigen (im Knie halbmondförmigen) Knorpel in ein …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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