[kawr-puh-suh l, -puhs-uh l]
Biology. an unattached cell, especially of a kind that floats freely, as a blood or lymph cell.
Anatomy. a small mass or body forming a more or less distinct part, as the sensory receptors at nerve terminals.
Physical Chemistry. a minute or elementary particle of matter, as an electron, proton, or atom.
any minute particle.
Also cor·pus·cule [kawr-puhs-kyool] /kɔrˈpʌs kyul/
Origin of corpuscle
< Latin corpusculum,
equivalent to corpus
body + -culum -cle1
Related formscor·pus·cu·lar [kawr-puhs-kyuh-ler] /kɔrˈpʌs kyə lər/, cor·pus·cu·lat·ed [kawr-puhs-kyuh-ley-tid] /kɔrˈpʌs kyəˌleɪ tɪd/, cor·pus·cu·lous, adjectivecor·pus·cu·lar·i·ty [kawr-puhs-kyuh-lar-i-tee] /kɔrˌpʌs kyəˈlær ɪ ti/, nounin·ter·cor·pus·cu·lar, adjectivenon·cor·pus·cu·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for corpuscle
The picture above shows how a corpuscle looks under the microscope.
And, in fact, such theory was about finally adopted as a working hypothesis until the discovery of the Corpuscle.
As to the Corpuscle being "Primal Substance," it must be admitted that its advocates have presented a very strong case.
It will be noticed that there are usually two bodies in a corpuscle.
British Dictionary definitions for corpuscle
Derived Formscorpuscular (kɔːˈpʌskjʊlə), adjective 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
anatomy the encapsulated ending of a sensory nerve
physics a discrete particle such as an electron, photon, ion, or atom
Also called: corpuscule (kɔːˈpʌskjuːl) any minute particle
Word Origin for corpuscle
C17: from Latin corpusculum a little body, from corpus body
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Word Origin and History for corpusclen.
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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Medicine definitions for corpuscle
Related formscor•pus′cu•lar (kôr-pŭs′kyə-lər) adj.
An unattached body cell, such as a blood or lymph cell.
A rounded, globular mass of cells, such as the pressure receptor on certain nerve endings.
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Science definitions for corpuscle
Any of various cellular or small multicellular structures in the body, especially a red or white blood cell.
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