nodule

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nod·ule

noun \ˈnä-(ˌ)jül\

: a small lump on a part of the body or on the root of a plant

Full Definition of NODULE

:  a small mass of rounded or irregular shape: as
a :  a small rounded lump of a mineral or mineral aggregate
b :  a swelling on a leguminous root that contains symbiotic bacteria
c :  a small abnormal knobby bodily protuberance (as a tumorous growth or a calcification near an arthritic joint)

Examples of NODULE

  1. The examination revealed a nodule on his lung.
  2. <a nodule on the leaf indicated that a worm had laid eggs there>

Origin of NODULE

Middle English, from Latin nodulus, diminutive of nodus
First Known Use: 15th century

nod·ule

noun \ˈnäj-(ˌ)ü(ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NODULE

: a small mass of rounded or irregular shape: as a : a small abnormal knobby bodily protuberance (as a tumorous growth or a calcification near an arthritic joint) b : the nodulus of the cerebellum

nodule

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In geology, a rounded mineral concretion that is distinct from, and may be separated from, the formation in which it occurs. Nodules usually are elongated and have a knobby irregular surface; they are generally oriented parallel to the bedding. Chert and flint, clay ironstone, and phosphorites commonly occur as nodules. Manganese-rich nodules are found on the ocean floor.

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