islet

[ahy-lit]

noun

a very small island.

adjective

Anatomy. situated in or pertaining to the islet of Langerhans: islet cells.

Nearby words

  1. isle of sheppey,
  2. isle of shoals boat,
  3. isle of wight,
  4. isle of youth,
  5. isle royale,
  6. islet cell,
  7. islet of langerhans,
  8. islets of langerhans,
  9. islington,
  10. islip

Origin of islet

From the Middle French word islette, dating back to 1530–40. See isle, -et

Related formsis·let·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for islet

islet

noun

a small island

Word Origin for islet

C16: from Old French islette; see isle

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Word Origin and History for islet

islet

n.

1530s, from Middle French islette (Modern French îlette), diminutive of isle (see isle).

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Medicine definitions for islet

islet

lĭt]

n.

A small island.

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