[ ven-yool ]
/ ˈvɛn yul /


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

Origin of venule

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

Related forms

ven·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 Forms

venular (ˈvɛnjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for venule

C19: from Latin vēnula diminutive of vēna vein
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for venule


[ vĕnyōōl, vēn- ]


A small vein, especially one joining capillaries to larger veins.capillary vein

Related forms

venu•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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