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  1. a small vein.
  2. one of the branches of a vein in the wing of an insect.
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Also veinule, veinulet.

Origin of venule

First recorded in 1840–50, venule is from the Latin word vēnula little vein. See vein, -ule
Related formsven·u·lar, adjectivein·ter·ven·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for venule


  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
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Derived Formsvenular (ˈvɛnjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin vēnula diminutive of vēna vein
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Word Origin and History for venule


1850, from Latin venula, diminutive of vena "vein" (see vein).

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venule in Medicine


(vĕnyōōl, vēn-)
  1. A small vein, especially one joining capillaries to larger veins.capillary vein
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Related formsvenu•lar (-yə-lər) adj.
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venule in Science


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