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

Origin of granular

First recorded in 1785–95; granule + -ar1
Related formsgran·u·lar·i·ty, noungran·u·lar·ly, adverbmul·ti·gran·u·lar, adjectivenon·gran·u·lar, adjectivesub·gran·u·lar, adjectivesub·gran·u·lar·ly, adverbsub·gran·u·lar·i·ty, nounun·gran·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for granularity


  1. the state or quality of being grainy or granular
  2. the state or quality of being composed of many individual pieces or elements


  1. of, like, containing, or resembling a granule or granules
  2. having a grainy or granulated surface
Derived Formsgranularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for granularity



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

granularity in Medicine


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