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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Synonyms for nodule

Synonyms

bump, knot, lump, node, swelling

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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

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Two years later, doctors said the scans revealed the nodule was growing, so Ms. DiJulio underwent surgery. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "A Journey With Lung Cancer," 8 Jan. 2019 Alex Wong/Getty Images Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery in New York City to remove two malignant nodules on her left lung. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for malignant lung growths," 21 Dec. 2018 According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for malignant lung growths," 21 Dec. 2018 Mainly because there are two categories of breakouts: non-inflammatory (think whiteheads and blackheads) and inflammatory (pustules/zits, nodules, and cysts). Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 If you're maligned with nodules or cysts, most OTC options are totally ineffective and your best bet is to be treated by a dermatologist. Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 On Friday, Ginsburg, who is 85, underwent surgery to remove the nodules, both of which proved cancerous upon post-operative testing. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the case for 18-year Supreme Court terms," 26 Dec. 2018 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a successful surgery today to have two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung, CNN has reported. Vogue, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Successful Surgery to Remove Cancerous Nodules From Her Lung," 21 Dec. 2018 The nodules were removed during Friday’s surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and found to be malignant. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Justice Ginsburg Has Cancerous Growths Removed From Lung," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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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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