- 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.
Origin of corpuscle
Related Words for corpusclegerm, egg, unit, bacterium, beef, muscle, meat, fat, embryo, microorganism, spore, vacuole, corpuscle, follicle, utricle, weight, brawn, food, fatness, cells
Examples from the Web for corpuscle
Historical Examples of corpuscle
The ion differs from the molecule, the corpuscle and the atom in that it is an ion.The Devil's Dictionary
The soldier, or so to say, the corpuscle, separating at the command "Break ranks!"Dona Perfecta
B. Perez Galdos
Let us see about this latest theory—the Corpuscle or Electron Theory.Dynamic Thought
William Walker Atkinson
The body is, as a rule, situated near the edge of the corpuscle.
It will be noticed that there are usually two bodies in a corpuscle.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Any of various cellular or small multicellular structures in the body, especially a red or white blood cell.
- See particle.