[ ven-yool ]
/ ˈvɛn yul /


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

Nearby words

  1. venturi, robert,
  2. venturous,
  3. venturously,
  4. ventôse,
  5. venue,
  6. venulose,
  7. venulous,
  8. venus,
  9. venus and adonis,
  10. venus de milo

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for venule


/ (ˈvɛnjuːl) /


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
any of the branches of a vein in an insect's wing
Derived Formsvenular (ˈvɛnjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for venule

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for venule


[ vĕnyōōl, vēn- ]


A small vein, especially one joining capillaries to larger veins.capillary vein
Related formsvenu•lar (-yə-lər) adj.

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Science definitions for venule


[ vĕnyōōl ]

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