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animalcule

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noun an·i·mal·cule \ˌa-nə-ˈmal-(ˌ)kyü(ə)l\

Definition of animalcule

plural animalcules also animalculaplay \-kyə-lə\

  1. :  a minute usually microscopic organism



Variants of animalcule

also animalculum play \-ˈmal-kyə-ləm\

Origin of animalcule

New Latin animalculum, diminutive of Latin animal


First Known Use: 1662


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animalcule

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noun an·i·mal·cule \ˌan-ə-ˈmal-(ˌ)kyü(ə)l\

Medical Definition of animalcule

plural animalcules also animalcula \-kyə-lə\play

  1. :  a minute usually microscopic organism



Variants of animalcule

also animalculum \-ˈmal-kyə-ləm\play

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