- tissue ► NOUN 1) any of the distinct types of material of which animals or plants are made, consisting of specialized cells and their products. 2) tissue paper. 3) a piece of absorbent paper used as a disposable handkerchief. 4) delicate gauzy fabric. 5) a web-like structure or network: a tissue of lies.DERIVATIVES tissuey adjective.ORIGIN from Old French tissu 'woven' , from Latin texere 'to weave' .
English terms dictionary. 2015.