Definition of corpuscle
1 : a minute particle
2a : a living cell; especially : one (such as a red or white blood cell or a cell in cartilage or bone) not aggregated into continuous tissuesb : any of various small circumscribed multicellular bodies
corpuscularplay \kȯr-ˈpə-skyə-lər\ adjective
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Not visible to the naked eye, but there nevertheless, Hagengruber assures me, is a red corpuscle-sized dot that represents 10-9, one-billionth of the cube.
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Origin and Etymology of corpuscle
Latin corpusculum, diminutive of corpus
First Known Use: 1660
CORPUSCLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of corpuscle for English Language Learners
biology : one of the cells that move in the body; especially : a blood cell
CORPUSCLE Defined for Kids
Definition of corpuscle for Students
: a very small cell (as a red blood cell) that floats freely in the blood
Medical Definition of corpuscle
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: any of various small circumscribed multicellular bodies—usually used with a qualifying term Malpighian corpuscles
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