- a small vein.
- one of the branches of a vein in the wing of an insect.
Also veinule, veinulet.
Origin of venule
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- 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
Word Origin for venule
C19: from Latin vēnula diminutive of vēna vein
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1850, from Latin venula, diminutive of vena "vein" (see vein).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small vein, especially one joining capillaries to larger veins.capillary vein
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- Any of the smaller veins that connect the capillaries to larger veins.
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