Definition of Granule

1. Noun. A tiny grain.

Specialized synonyms: Microsome, Chondrule, Plastid
Generic synonyms: Grain

Definition of Granule

1. n. A little grain a small particle; a pellet.

Definition of Granule

1. Noun. A tiny grain, a small particle. ¹

2. Noun. (biology) A small structure in a cell. ¹

3. Noun. (geology) A particle from 2 to 4 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale ¹

4. Noun. (astronomy) a small mark in the photosphere of the sun caused by convection currents. See also Wikipedia:Granule (solar physics). ¹

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Definition of Granule

1. a small particle [n -S]

Medical Definition of Granule

1. A small quantity of a solid substance, smaller than a grain. Origin: L. Granulum This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Granule

granulated opium
granulated sugar
granulation tissue
granulationes arachnoideales
granule (current term)
granule cell
granule cell of connective tissue
granule cells
granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor

Literary usage of Granule

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1. Molecular Neurobiology: Proceedings of the 2nd NIMH Conference by Steven Zalcman (1995)
"Mono- or polysynaptic excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) were elicited by extracellular stimulation of a nearby granule cell (<8 urn 0) with an ..."

2. The Journal of Medical Research by American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists (1907)
"Compare with the normal cell supply of the granule layer as shown in Fig. 8 FIG. 2. ... Note irregular contours of tissue representing the granule layer. ..."

3. A Text-book of Bacteriology: A Practical Treatise for Students and by Philip Hanson Hiss, Hans Zinsser (1910)
"ACTINOMYCES granule CRUSHED BENEATH A COVER-CLASS. Un - stained. The preparation shows the margin of the granule and the "clubs. ..."

4. A Text-book of Mental Diseases: With Special Reference to the Pathological by William Bevan Lewis (1899)
"(2) granule cells (cerebrum, cerebellum, cornu, olfactory lobe, retina). (3) Pyramidal cells of cortex and its varieties— (a) Motor cell. ..."

5. A Manual of Pathological Histology by Victor Cornil (1880)
"Beside the hemorrhagic zone which surrounds the farcy granule, there are formed in the ... The arterioles of the granule are affected with endarteritis; ..."

6. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (1850)
"granule-cells changed in shape as they appear very soon after the blood has been becu ... granule-cell, with the celt-wall in view at the circumference, ..."

7. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1842)
"Observations on the Structure of the Pollen granule, considered principally in reference to its eligibility as a means of Classification. ..."

8. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1906)
"These could be traced through the ist, 2d and 3d cervical segments, with evidences of myelin degeneration (granule cells and myelin droplets) in that Fig. ..."

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