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[gran-yuh-ler] /ˈgræn yə lər/
of the nature of granules; grainy.
composed of or bearing granules or grains.
showing a granulated structure.
Origin of granular
1785-95; granule + -ar1
Related forms
granularity, noun
granularly, adverb
multigranular, adjective
nongranular, adjective
subgranular, adjective
subgranularly, adverb
subgranularity, noun
ungranular, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for granular
  • For decades, frozen food meant granular fish sticks, cardboard crust pizzas and portion-controlled diet meals.
  • The study of granular materials has burgeoned over the past two decades or so.
  • granular casts are a sign of underlying kidney disease.
  • Use a complete granular rose fertilizer according to package instructions.
  • So go to a store that sells pool supplies and purchase granular chlorine.
  • In the past year, the trend on social networks has largely tended towards granular control of all shared content.
  • The information is as granular as individual counties and, for some cities, even zip codes.
  • granular account control lets users distinguish between family, friends, online acquaintances and professional contacts.
  • It's not granular enough, fast enough, close enough to the ground.
  • The granular formulations are widely available this spring.
British Dictionary definitions for granular


of, like, containing, or resembling a granule or granules
having a grainy or granulated surface
Derived Forms
granularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for granular

1794, from Late Latin granulum "granule," diminutive of Latin granum "grain, seed" (see corn (n.1)) + -ar. Replaced granulous (late 14c.). Related: Granularity.

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granular in Medicine

granular gran·u·lar (grān'yə-lər)

  1. Composed or appearing to be composed of granules or grains.

  2. Relating to or containing particles having a strong affinity for nuclear stains, as in certain bacteria.

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