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corpuscle

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noun cor·pus·cle \ˈkȯr-(ˌ)pə-səl\

Simple Definition of corpuscle

  • biology : one of the cells that move in the body; especially : a blood cell

Full Definition of corpuscle

  1. 1 :  a minute particle

  2. 2 a :  a living cell; especially :  one (as a red or white blood cell or a cell in cartilage or bone) not aggregated into continuous tissues b :  any of various small circumscribed multicellular bodies

cor·pus·cu·lar play \kȯr-ˈpəs-kyə-lər\ adjective

Origin of corpuscle

Latin corpusculum, diminutive of corpus


First Known Use: 1660



CORPUSCLE Defined for Kids

corpuscle

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noun cor·pus·cle \ˈkȯr-ˌpə-səl\

Definition of corpuscle

  1. :  a very small cell (as a red blood cell) that floats freely in the blood




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corpuscle

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noun cor·pus·cle \ˈkȯr-(ˌ)pəs-əl\

Medical Definition of corpuscle

  1. 1:  a living cell; especially :  one (as a red or white blood cell or a cell in cartilage or bone) not aggregated into continuous tissues

  2. 2:  any of various small circumscribed multicellular bodies—usually used with a qualifying term <Malpighian corpuscles>

  3. cor·pus·cu·lar \kȯr-ˈpəs-kyə-lər\play adjective




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