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corpuscle

Noun

1 (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything [syn: atom, molecule, particle, mote, speck]
2 either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets [syn: blood cell, blood corpuscle]

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English

Noun

  1. A minute particle; an atom; a molecule.
  2. 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.

Extensive Definition

Corpuscle is an archaic term that has several meanings:
corpuscle in German: Korpuskel
corpuscle in Slovak: Korpuskula
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