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corpuscle

[kawr-puh-suh l, -puhs-uh l] /ˈkɔr pə səl, -pʌs əl/
noun
1.
Biology. an unattached cell, especially of a kind that floats freely, as a blood or lymph cell.
2.
Anatomy. a small mass or body forming a more or less distinct part, as the sensory receptors at nerve terminals.
3.
Physical Chemistry. a minute or elementary particle of matter, as an electron, proton, or atom.
4.
any minute particle.
Also, corpuscule
[kawr-puhs-kyool] /kɔrˈpʌs kyul/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin corpusculum, equivalent to corpus body + -culum -cle1
Related forms
corpuscular
[kawr-puhs-kyuh-ler] /kɔrˈpʌs kyə lər/ (Show IPA),
corpusculated
[kawr-puhs-kyuh-ley-tid] /kɔrˈpʌs kyəˌleɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA),
corpusculous, adjective
corpuscularity
[kawr-puhs-kyuh-lar-i-tee] /kɔrˌpʌs kyəˈlær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
intercorpuscular, adjective
noncorpuscular, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for corpuscle

corpuscle

/ˈkɔːpʌsəl/
noun
1.
any cell or similar minute body that is suspended in a fluid, esp any of the red blood corpuscles (erythrocytes) or white blood corpuscles (see leucocytes) See also erythrocyte, leucocyte
2.
(anatomy) the encapsulated ending of a sensory nerve
3.
(physics) a discrete particle such as an electron, photon, ion, or atom
4.
Also called corpuscule (kɔːˈpʌskjuːl). any minute particle
Derived Forms
corpuscular (kɔːˈpʌskjʊlə) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin corpusculum a little body, from corpus body
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Word Origin and History for corpuscle
n.

1650s, "any small particle," from Latin corpusculum "a puny body; an atom, particle," diminutive of corpus "body" (see corporeal). First applied to blood cells 1845. Related: Corpuscular.

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corpuscle in Medicine

corpuscle cor·pus·cle (kôr'pə-səl, -pŭs'əl)
n.

  1. An unattached body cell, such as a blood or lymph cell.

  2. A rounded, globular mass of cells, such as the pressure receptor on certain nerve endings.


cor·pus'cu·lar (kôr-pŭs'kyə-lər) adj.
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corpuscle in Science
corpuscle
  (kôr'pə-səl)   
  1. Any of various cellular or small multicellular structures in the body, especially a red or white blood cell.

  2. See particle.


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