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nodular

[noj-uh-ler]
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  1. of, relating to, or characterized by nodules.
  2. shaped like or occurring in nodules: a nodular concretion.

Origin of nodular

First recorded in 1785–95; nodule + -ar1
Related formsmul·ti·nod·u·lar, adjectivepost·nod·u·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nodular

Historical Examples

  • Also, nodular or kidney-shaped masses of what the quarrymen call plaster-eggs—apparently snowy gypsum.

    Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820

    Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

  • The nodular type, however, may occur in the aorta alone, the branches remaining free.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • This may be seen especially at Goslar, where the nodular lumps of dark grey colour are called vitriol stone (lapis atramenti).

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Misy when it effloresces in no great quantity from the others is like a kind of pollen, otherwise it is nodular.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • When nodular growths can be felt in the free border or surface of the liver, the diagnosis is generally easily established.


Word Origin and History for nodular

adj.

1794, from nodule + -ar. Related: Nodularity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper