[ gran-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈgræn yə lər /


of the nature of granules; grainy.
composed of or bearing granules or grains.
showing a granulated structure.
highly detailed; having many small and distinct parts: data analysis on a granular level.

Nearby words

  1. grants,
  2. grants pass,
  3. grantsman,
  4. grantsmanship,
  5. granul-,
  6. granular cell tumor,
  7. granular conjunctivitis,
  8. granular endoplasmic reticulum,
  9. granular layer,
  10. granular leukoblast

Origin of granular

First recorded in 1785–95; granule + -ar1

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British Dictionary definitions for granular


/ (ˈɡrænjʊlə) /


of, like, containing, or resembling a granule or granules
having a grainy or granulated surface
Derived Formsgranularly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for granular



1794, from Late Latin granulum "granule," diminutive of Latin granum "grain, seed" (see corn (n.1)) + -ar. Replaced granulous (late 14c.). Related: Granularity.

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Medicine definitions for granular


[ grănyə-lər ]


Composed or appearing to be composed of granules or grains.
Relating to or containing particles having a strong affinity for nuclear stains, as in certain bacteria.

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