- a small tube; a minute tubular structure.
- convoluted tubule.
Origin of tubule
1670–80; < Latin tubulus, equivalent to tub(us) pipe + -ulus -ule
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Examples from the Web for tubule
A cast, therefore, indicates the condition of the tubule in which it is formed.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
The large swollen cells are granular, and very frequently there is a granular mass in the lumen of the tubule.
In some cases the cells are so much swollen that the lumen of the tubule is represented merely by a star-shaped radiating chink.
The thin wall of the capillaries within each capsule separates the blood from the cavity of the tubule.A Practical Physiology
Albert F. Blaisdell
Inner and outer aperture of the tubule of the same size; their diameter equal to their length and distance.
- any small tubular structure, esp one in an animal, as in the kidney, testis, etc
C17: from Latin tubulus a little tube
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- A very small tube or tubular structure; tubulus.
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