[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
1650–60;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
< Latin corpusculum,
equivalent to corpus
body + -culum -cle1
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Examples from the Web for corpuscular
Historical Examples of corpuscular
The corpuscular theory, which the famous Newton advocated, is long since abandoned.
The late experiments of Dr. Young would incline us to prefer the undulatory to the corpuscular hypothesis.
When we apply the corpuscular theory to the reflection of light we find that it satisfactorily accounts for the phenomenon.
I refer to the effect of an atomic and gravitative Aether upon Newton's corpuscular theory of light.
In the Corpuscular theory we have luminous particles emitted by luminous bodies.
British Dictionary definitions for corpuscular
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 corpuscular
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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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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Any of various cellular or small multicellular structures in the body, especially a red or white blood cell.
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