Mar·cel·lo [mahr-chel-law] /mɑrˈtʃɛl lɔ/, 1628–94, Italian anatomist.

Related formsMal·pigh·i·an [mal-pig-ee-uh n] /mælˈpɪg i ən/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of malpighian

  • Oligonephria: applied to insects with few urinary (Malpighian) tubes.

  • Polynephria: applied to insects with many urinary (Malpighian) tubes.

  • The Malpighian bodies were somewhat enlarged, but of normal structure.


    Thomas Wright Jackson

  • The Malpighian bodies were normal as to the elements of which they consist.


    Thomas Wright Jackson

  • Swelling of the spleen is caused by catabolism of the Malpighian bodies.

    Valere Aude

    Louis Dechmann

British Dictionary definitions for malpighian



Marcello (marˈtʃɛllo). 1628–94, Italian physiologist. A pioneer in microscopic anatomy, he identified the capillary system (1661)
Derived FormsMalpighian (mælˈpɪɡɪən), adjective
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malpighian in Medicine




Of, relating to, or described by the Italian anatomist Marcello Malpighi.


[măl-pēgē, mäl-]Marcello 1628-1694

Italian anatomist who pioneered the use of a microscope in the study of anatomy and discovered the capillary system.
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malpighian in Science


[măl-pēgē]Marcello 1628-1694

Italian anatomist who was the first to use a microscope in the study of anatomy. He discovered the capillary system, extending the work of William Harvey. He is also noted for his studies of the structure of the lungs, spleen, liver, kidneys, skin, brain, and spinal cord.
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