Definition of Corpuscle

1. Noun. (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything.

Exact synonyms: Atom, Molecule, Mote, Particle, Speck
Specialized synonyms: Grain, Grinding, Chylomicron, Flyspeck, Identification Particle
Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff
Derivative terms: Atomic, Atomise, Molecular

2. Noun. Either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets.

Definition of Corpuscle

1. n. A minute particle; an atom; a molecule.

2. n. An electron.

Definition of Corpuscle

1. Noun. A minute particle; an atom; a molecule. ¹

2. Noun. A protoplasmic animal cell; esp., such as float free, like blood, lymph, and pus corpuscles; or such as are embedded in an intercellular matrix, like connective tissue and cartilage corpuscles. ¹

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Definition of Corpuscle

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Corpuscle

1. 1. A small mass or body. 2. A blood cell. Synonym: corpusculum. Origin: L. Corpusculum, dim. Of corpus, body (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Corpuscle

corpus tali
corpus tibiae
corpus trapezoideum
corpus triticeum
corpus ulnae
corpus unguis
corpus uteri
corpus vertebrae
corpus vesicae biliaris
corpus vesicae felleae
corpus vesicae urinariae
corpus vile
corpus vitreum
corpuscle (current term)
corpuscula articularia
corpuscula bulboidea
corpuscula lamellosa
corpuscular-radiation pressure
corpuscular lymph
corpuscular radiation
corpuscular theory
corpuscular theory of light

Literary usage of Corpuscle

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The body of-the parasite exceeds the blood-corpuscle in length, when adult, and is bent upon itself, like a U- A very great number of species are known, ..."

2. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1913)
"It should be said that there are other expressions for the mass of a corpuscle in terms of its charge which differ from the one we have obtained. ..."

3. The Corpuscular Theory of Matter by Joseph John Thompson (1907)
"PROPERTIES OF A corpuscle. HAVING demonstrated the existence of corpuscles, ... If the corpuscle is moving in a straight line with a uniform velocity v, ..."

4. Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society by Royal Microscopical Society, London (1882)
"New Blood-corpuscle.*—According to G. Bizzozero, if the circulating blood in the small ... a third form of corpuscle which is colourless, round or oval, ..."

5. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Allen Thomson, George Dancer Thane (1882)
"28. corpuscle. In the same way the action of salt, in causing a crenation of the corpuscle, can be best explained by supposing that watery fluid has passed ..."

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