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]
PronunciationIPA: /'hʌɪəlɪn/, /'hʌɪəli:n/
- Anything glassy, translucent or transparent.
- In the context of "zoology|anatomy": A clear translucent substance in tissues.
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 AlsoInfant Respiratory Distress Syndrome, previously known as Hyaline Membrane Disease.
ReferencesIMA Mycological Glossary: Hyaline. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 19th Edition. Donald Venes ed. 1997 F.A. Davis. Page 1008.wazzu
hyaline in German: Hyalin