adj 1: resembling glass in transparency or translucency; "the morning is as clear as diamond or as hyaline"-Sacheverell Sitwell [syn: hyaline, hyaloid] n 1: a glassy translucent substance that occurs in hyaline cartilage or in certain skin conditions [syn: hyaline, hyalin]
I. adjectiveEtymology: Late Latin hyalinus, from Greek hyalinos, from hyalosDate: circa 1661 transparent or nearly so and usually homogeneous II. nounDate: 1667 1. something (as the clear atmosphere) that is transparent 2. (or hyalin) any of several translucent nitrogenous substances related to chitin, found especially around cells, and readily stained by eosin
adj. & n. --adj. glasslike, vitreous, transparent. --n. literary a smooth sea, clear sky, etc. Phrases and idioms: hyaline cartilage n. a common type of cartilage. Etymology: L hyalinus f. Gk hualinos f. hualos glass
Hyaline Hy"a*line, n. 1. A poetic term for the sea or the atmosphere. ``The clear hyaline, the glassy sea.'' --Milton. Our blood runs amazed 'neath the calm hyaline. --Mrs. Browning. 2. (Biol.) The pellucid substance, present in cells in process of development, from which, according to some embryologists, the cell nucleous originates. 3. (Physiol. Chem.) The main constituent of the walls of hydatid cysts; a nitrogenous body, which, by decomposition, yields a dextrogyrate sugar, susceptible of alcoholic fermentation. --Gamgee.