corpusculous

corpuscle

[kawr-puh-suhl, -puhs-uhl]
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] .


Origin:
1650–60; < Latin corpusculum, equivalent to corpus body + -culum -cle1

corpuscular [kawr-puhs-kyuh-ler] , corpusculated [kawr-puhs-kyuh-ley-tid] , corpusculous, adjective
corpuscularity [kawr-puhs-kyuh-lar-i-tee] , noun
intercorpuscular, adjective
noncorpuscular, adjective
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corpuscle (ˈkɔːpʌsəl)
 
n
1.  erythrocyte See also leucocyte 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)
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 any minute particle
 
[C17: from Latin corpusculum a little body, from corpus body]
 
corpuscular
 
adj

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corpuscle
1660, from L. corpusculum, dim. of corpus "body" (see corporeal). Originally "any small particle;" first applied to blood cells 1845.
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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   (kôr'pə-səl)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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