2 either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets [syn: blood cell, blood corpuscle]
- A minute particle; an atom; a molecule.
- A protoplasmic animal cell; esp., such as float free, like blood, lymph, and pus corpuscles; or such as are imbedded in an intercellular matrix, like connective tissue and cartilage corpuscles. See Blood.
Corpuscle is an archaic term that has several meanings:
- a small free floating biological cell, especially ones occurring in blood
- a nerve ending such as Meissner's corpuscle or a Pacinian corpuscle
- a subatomic particle obsoleted by the modern electron and used in J.J. Thomson's plum-pudding model of the atom
- a single, infinitesimally small, particle of light. Isaac Newton proposed this term to represent a concept that was quite different from the idea of a photon.
- a member of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, or of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
- term referring to an employee of the United States Army Corps of Engineers
corpuscle in German: Korpuskel
corpuscle in Slovak: Korpuskula