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 formsven·u·lar, adjectivein·ter·ven·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for venule

artery, vein, capillary, arteriole, metarteriole

British Dictionary definitions for venule



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

venule in Medicine


[vĕnyōōl, vēn-]


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



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