glob·​ule | \ ˈglä-(ˌ)byül How to pronounce globule (audio) \

Definition of globule

: a tiny globe or ball especially of a liquid globules of mercury

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Examples of globule in a Sentence

fat globules of hot wax dripping onto the table
Recent Examples on the Web After mixing alcohol and aloe vera gel in a bowl, the mix created weird globules, and the gel began to separate and sink to the bottom. New York Times, "Mixing Your Own Hand Sanitizer?," 3 Apr. 2020 While compelling evidence on the benefits of additives like prebiotics and probiotics is lacking, one exception is milk fat globule membrane (MFGM), a protein present in breastmilk that contains several important biologically active factors. Susan Reslewic Keatley, New York Times, "Formula Feeding: How Much and How Often to Feed Your Baby," 18 Apr. 2020 But after examining the globules with a host of new technologies, including DNA analysis and micro-sized arenas to observe the small, squishy blobs in three dimensions, the team revealed a more surprising origin. Cheryl Ames, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 13 Feb. 2020 But when heat is introduced, the protein structure falls apart and the emulsion breaks—the fat globules come together into a greasy pool and the proteins congeal to form a stringy mess. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "The Melted Cheese Problem™," 28 Jan. 2020 Cows' milk, for example, has much larger fat globules than human milk and would have been more difficult for infants to digest. Megan Gannon, National Geographic, "What was in prehistoric baby bottles? Now we know.," 25 Sep. 2019 In the 1990s Gilbert and George went through a phase of depicting themselves naked, surrounded by magnified turds and giant globules of their own semen and urine. The Economist, "Grave hopping with Gilbert & George," 15 Nov. 2019 They are made possible by new technologies that, for example, whip coconut oil and cocoa butter into tiny globules of white fat that give the Beyond Burger the marbled appearance of ground beef. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "How Do the New Plant-Based Burgers Stack Up? We Taste-Tested Them," 22 Oct. 2019 The set by George Tsypin is an ever-present collection of plastic globules of various sizes and shapes, the biggest ones becoming the man-eating monster. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: How two top directors are teaching Europe the L.A. School of Opera," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of globule

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for globule

French, from Latin globulus, diminutive of globus

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The first known use of globule was in 1661

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“Globule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of globule

: a tiny ball of something (such as a thick liquid)


glob·​ule | \ ˈglä-byül How to pronounce globule (audio) \

Kids Definition of globule

: a small round mass


glob·​ule | \ ˈgläb-(ˌ)yü(ə)l How to pronounce globule (audio) \

Medical Definition of globule

: a small globular body or mass (as a drop of water or a bead of sweat) globules of fat specifically : a small spherical pill of compressed sugar usually saturated with an alcoholic tincture and used in homeopathy

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