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  1. of, relating to, or characterized by nodules.
  2. shaped like or occurring in nodules: a nodular concretion.
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Origin of nodular

First recorded in 1785–95; nodule + -ar1
Related formsmul·ti·nod·u·lar, adjectivepost·nod·u·lar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nodular

Historical Examples

  • Also, nodular or kidney-shaped masses of what the quarrymen call plaster-eggs—apparently snowy gypsum.

    Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820

    Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

  • The nodular type, however, may occur in the aorta alone, the branches remaining free.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • This may be seen especially at Goslar, where the nodular lumps of dark grey colour are called vitriol stone (lapis atramenti).

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Misy when it effloresces in no great quantity from the others is like a kind of pollen, otherwise it is nodular.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • When nodular growths can be felt in the free border or surface of the liver, the diagnosis is generally easily established.

Word Origin and History for nodular


1794, from nodule + -ar. Related: Nodularity.

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