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hyaline adj : resembling glass in transparency or translucency; "the morning is as clear as diamond or as hyaline"-Sacheverell Sitwell [syn: hyaloid] n : a glassy translucent material that occurs in hyaline cartilage or in certain skin conditions [syn: hyalin]

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Latin hyalinus, from late Greek ύαλινος, from ύαλος ‘glass’.


IPA: /'hʌɪəlɪn/, /'hʌɪəli:n/

Alternative spellings


  1. Glassy, transparent; amorphous.
    • 1974: They bathed shivering in the cold waves, green hyaline swells in which they stood to the hips savage, intimate, comradely. — Guy Davenport, Tatlin!
  2. Pertaining to the substance hyaline.


  1. Anything glassy, translucent or transparent.
  2. In the context of "zoology|anatomy": A clear translucent substance in tissues.

Extensive Definition

The term hyaline, (Hel. hualinòs = glassish) literally refers to a substance with a glass-like appearance.
In common medical histopathological usage, hyaline is a substance with a glassy, pink appearance after haematoxylin and eosin staining—most often an acellular, proteinaceous material. Hyaline cartilage is the clear, shiny ("glass-like") cartilage of articular joints.
In other scientific fields, hyaline may refer a specifically colorless and transparent substance.

See Also

Infant Respiratory Distress Syndrome, previously known as Hyaline Membrane Disease.


IMA Mycological Glossary: Hyaline. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 19th Edition. Donald Venes ed. 1997 F.A. Davis. Page 1008.wazzu
hyaline in German: Hyalin

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Caelus, air, azure, blue sky, caelum, canopy, canopy of heaven, cerulean, clear as glass, cope, empyrean, ether, firmament, glass, glasslike, glassy, heaven, heavens, hyalescent, lift, lifts, sky, starry heaven, the blue, the blue serene, vault, vault of heaven, vitreous, vitriform, welkin
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