gran·​ule | \ ˈgran-(ˌ)yül How to pronounce granule (audio) \

Definition of granule

1 : a small particle especially : one of numerous particles forming a larger unit
2 : any of the small short-lived brilliant spots on the sun's photosphere

Examples of granule in a Sentence

is there one granule of truth in that statement?
Recent Examples on the Web For example, any crystal, whether a granule of table salt or a diamond necklace, is just a bunch of atoms arranged in a repeating pattern. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2022 The lethal version detects cells that have been infected with a virus, then kills them (by releasing a toxic version of a granule called a cytokine) to stop the virus from replicating. Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2022 Keep fertilizer applications to once a month with a liquid product or use a slow-release granule every few months as instructed on the label. Tom Maccubbin,, 26 June 2021 Then reduce the feedings to every other week or apply a slow-release granule. Tom Maccubbin,, 5 June 2021 Still, the discovery of a tiny dead microbe would offer a granule of hope. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 30 July 2020 The process involves minimal extra work for the farmer, being easily applied as a seed treatment or a granule in the field that will grow out to become an extension of the root system of the crop and function alongside it. James Thornhill, Houston Chronicle, 26 June 2020 Finns will take time out of their day to indulge in some strong coffee paired with a sweet treat—usually korvapuusti, or cinnamon buns baked with a dash of cardamom, then topped with thick granules of pearl sugar. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2020 In a photo Chen took to accompany her story, a parked truck was loaded with bags of polypropylene granules for sale. Dian Zhang, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of granule

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for granule

Late Latin granulum, diminutive of Latin granum grain

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gran·​ule | \ ˈgran-(ˌ)yü(ə)l How to pronounce granule (audio) \

Medical Definition of granule

1a : a little grain or small particle especially : one of a number of particles forming a larger unit
b : a small sugar-coated pill
2 : a clump of actinomycetes in a lesion


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