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corpuscle

[ kawr-puhs-uhl ]
/ ˈkɔr pʌs əl /
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noun
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.
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Also cor·pus·cule [kawr-puhs-kyool]. /kɔrˈpʌs kyul/.

Origin of corpuscle

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin corpusculum, equivalent to corpus “body” + -culum -cle1

OTHER WORDS FROM corpuscle

cor·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, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for corpuscle

corpuscle
/ (ˈkɔːpʌsəl) /

noun
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

Derived forms of corpuscle

corpuscular (kɔːˈpʌskjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for corpuscle

C17: from Latin corpusculum a little body, from corpus body
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Scientific definitions for corpuscle

corpuscle
[ kôrpə-səl ]

Any of various cellular or small multicellular structures in the body, especially a red or white blood cell.
See particle.
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