[ ven-yool ]
See synonyms for venule on
  1. a small vein.

  2. one of the branches of a vein in the wing of an insect.

Origin of venule

First recorded in 1840–50, venule is from the Latin word vēnula little vein. See vein, -ule

Other words from venule

  • ven·u·lar, adjective
  • in·ter·ven·u·lar, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for venule


/ (ˈvɛnjuːl) /

  1. anatomy any of the small branches of a vein that receives oxygen-depleted blood from the capillaries and returns it to the heart via the venous system

  2. any of the branches of a vein in an insect's wing

Origin of venule

C19: from Latin vēnula diminutive of vēna vein

Derived forms of venule

  • venular (ˈvɛnjʊlə), adjective

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Scientific definitions for venule


[ vĕnyōōl ]

  1. Any of the smaller veins that connect the capillaries to larger veins.

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