glob·​ule ˈglä-(ˌ)byül How to pronounce globule (audio)
: a tiny globe or ball especially of a liquid
globules of mercury

Examples of globule in a Sentence

fat globules of hot wax dripping onto the table
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Word History


French, from Latin globulus, diminutive of globus

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of globule was in 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Globule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a tiny globe or ball
globules of fat

Medical Definition


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