- 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
Examples from the Web for corpuscular
Historical Examples of corpuscular
The corpuscular theory, which the famous Newton advocated, is long since abandoned.Quiet Talks on Power
The late experiments of Dr. Young would incline us to prefer the undulatory to the corpuscular hypothesis.The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 2 (of 2)
John Ayrton Paris
I refer to the effect of an atomic and gravitative Aether upon Newton's corpuscular theory of light.
When we apply the corpuscular theory to the reflection of light we find that it satisfactorily accounts for the phenomenon.
We have up to the present dealt with only two theories of light, the Corpuscular theory and the Undulatory or Wave theory.
- 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.