meniscus etymology

English word meniscus comes from Ancient Greek μήνη

Detailed word origin of meniscus

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
μήνη Ancient Greek (grc)
μηνίσκος Ancient Greek (grc)
meniscus English (eng) (anatomy) Either of two parts of the human knee that provide structural integrity to the knee when it undergoes tension and torsion. [from 19th c.]. (optics) A lens which is convex on one side and concave on the other, being crescent-shaped in cross-section. [from 17th c.]. A crescent moon, or an object shaped like it. [from 17th c.]. The curved surface of liquids in tubes, whether concave [...]