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Definition of "meniscus" []

  • A crescent-shaped body. (noun)
  • A concavo-convex lens. (noun)
  • The curved upper surface of a nonturbulent liquid in a container that is concave if the liquid wets the container walls and convex if it does not. (noun)
  • A cartilage disk that acts as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet in a joint. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "meniscus" in a sentence
  • "There are many, many other reasons for pain in knee, but the meniscus is the structure we focus on and see."
  • "He had a torn meniscus, which is the same thing, it's a torn muscle."
  • "A well-known consequence of this difference is that in a narrow tube the surface of the liquid - the so-called meniscus - stands higher at the circumference than at the centre in the case of water; with quicksilver it is just the reverse."