meniscus

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Meniscus \Me*nis"cus\, noun; pl. L. {Menisci} (-s[imac]), E. {Meniscuses}. [NL., from Gr. mhni'skos, 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}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

meniscus

noun

1: (anatomy) a disk of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet at a joint [syn: {meniscus}, {semilunar cartilage}]

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

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