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

Examples from the Web for non-granular

Historical Examples of non-granular

  • The bone-marrow then in the guinea-pig can also preserve the balance of the large mononuclear, non-granular cells in the blood.

British Dictionary definitions for non-granular


  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 non-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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non-granular 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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