Pronunciation: (mi-nis'kus), [key]
—pl. -nis•ciPronunciation: (-nis'ī, -nis'kī, -kē), [key] -nis•cus•es.
1. a crescent or a crescent-shaped body.
2. the convex or concave upper surface of a column of liquid, the curvature of which is caused by surface tension.
3. Optics.a lens with a crescent-shaped section; a concavo-convex or convexo-concave lens. See diag. under lens.
4. Anat.a disk of cartilage between the articulating ends of the bones in a joint.
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