nodule

noun
nod·​ule | \ ˈnä-(ˌ)jül How to pronounce nodule (audio) \

Definition of nodule

: a small mass of rounded or irregular shape: such 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 (such as a tumorous growth or a calcification near an arthritic joint)

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Examples of nodule in a Sentence

The examination revealed a nodule on his lung. a nodule on the leaf indicated that a worm had laid eggs there
Recent Examples on the Web In the patients with nodules, the images produced by the brain scans reveal at least one nodule on the eye's macular region, which is integral to central vision. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Eye Nodules Were Found on Coronavirus Patients, a New Study Says—Here’s What That Means," 18 Feb. 2021 In a 2016 study in Nature, researchers found seven new species (including four representing new genera) living among the CCZ’s nodule beds. Daniel Ackerman, Scientific American, "Deep-Sea Mining: How to Balance Need for Metals with Ecological Impacts," 31 Aug. 2020 First, dump-truck-sized collection vehicles would scour the seafloor for nodule-bearing sediment. Daniel Ackerman, Scientific American, "Deep-Sea Mining: How to Balance Need for Metals with Ecological Impacts," 31 Aug. 2020 Scientists estimate a single nodule-mining operation could release 50,000 cubic meters of sediment-laden water each day—enough to fill 10 Goodyear blimps. Daniel Ackerman, Scientific American, "Deep-Sea Mining: How to Balance Need for Metals with Ecological Impacts," 31 Aug. 2020 Half the height of the tomato start should be planted into the ground, because roots will grow out of each stem/leave nodule. oregonlive, "It’s tomato time in Oregon: Tips for ripening, picking and preserving your harvest," 28 Aug. 2020 Fish with round worms may exhibit lumps or nodules, inflammation, dead/dying tissue, and cysts. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "10 Common Parasites and Diseases Found in Game Fish (and What You Need to Know About Them)," 27 May 2020 In the days prior, Jackson had been mentally preparing himself to have a cancerous nodule removed from one of his lungs. Alton Strupp, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville vet found himself all alone in isolation facility after positive COVID-19 test," 24 Apr. 2020 Two months earlier, according to the case report, the man apparently noticed a small, pink nodule on the toe—about five millimeters in diameter at the time. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "This Man's Toe Started Bleeding After Someone Stepped On It—But It Turned Out to Be a Symptom of Melanoma," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nodule

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nodule

Middle English, from Latin nodulus, diminutive of nodus

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The first known use of nodule was in the 15th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Nodule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nodule. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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nodule

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nodule

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

nodule

noun
nod·​ule | \ ˈnä-jül How to pronounce nodule (audio) \

Kids Definition of nodule

: a small roundish lump or mass

nodule

noun
nod·​ule | \ ˈnäj-(ˌ)ü(ə)l How to pronounce nodule (audio) \

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

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