nodule

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nodule a small node
    • n nodule (mineralogy) a small rounded lump of mineral substance (usually harder than the surrounding rock or sediment)
    • n nodule small rounded wartlike protuberance on a plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nodule A rounded mass or irregular shape; a little knot or lump.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nodule A little knot or lump. Specifically— In anatomy the anterior end of the inferior vermiform process of the cerebellum, projecting into the fourth ventricle, in front of the uvula. Also called laminated tubercle and nodulus.
    • n nodule The peculiar knot upon the roots of leguminous and a few other plants, caused by bacteria. (See nodule-bacteria, under bacterium.) They enable the plant to use atmospheric nitrogen. See root-tubercle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Nodule a little knot: a small lump
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. nodulus, dim. of nodus, knot: cf. F. nodule,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. nodus (for gnodus), allied to Knot.

Usage

In literature:

It abounds in selenite or sulphate of lime, and in nodules which often contain organic remains.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various
Hard nodules should not be allowed to form or to remain in the breasts.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
With these, smaller cartilaginous plates, rods, and nodules articulate, and form a flattened skeletal support for the fin.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
This was ridged somewhat like a brain, but the green shape had still darker nodules and extensions.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
If ulcers, nodules, swellings, or tumors are found, these indicate disease.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
They were dry flint nodules, and he had set fire to the grass with the sparks.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
They develop in the nodules found on the feeding roots of the plants.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
Here are such nodules enclosed in sandstone.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
She had a small tubercular nodule upon her upper arm, according to him.
"The Man from Archangel" by A. Conan Doyle
Put nodules in alfalfa roots not dramas in your head.
"The Blood of Rachel" by Cotton Noe
The girl's head was downhung, so that the nodule of bone at the back of her neck caught the light sharply.
"The Story of Louie" by Oliver Onions
The heaviest nodule weighed over 20 tons.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5" by Various
Sometimes, however, in certain varieties of horses the trapezium is developed, but then it is no more than a very small osseous nodule.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer
Phosphatic nodules are obtained from these beds.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 8" by Various
These are comparable in general characters to the nodules on roots.
"Disease in Plants" by H. Marshall Ward
They were present at the periphery of cheesy nodules rather than at the centre.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
In appearance Sir Hector was extremely tall, extremely thin, extremely fair, with prominent bright blue eyes and a nodulous complexion.
"Rich Relatives" by Compton Mackenzie
The whorls of this pretty shell are plaited into little nodules; it is usually very small.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume II" by William Swainson
Nodules of flint exist in the Chalk, sometimes scattered, sometimes arranged in bands.
"Omphalos" by Philip Henry Gosse
When selling or bartering mules and borricos, they drop a tiny nodule of quicksilver into the long ears of the beasts.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
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In news:

Green Gulch Farm's Wendy Johnson finds nitrogen-fixing nodules on author's fava beans and pronounces them good.
Using the Innova 4100 to Detect, Embolize Liver Cancer Nodules.
Both patients were treated with wide excision of the metastatic nodule and were disease-free at the 1.5-year follow-up.
Greatly enlarged lymphoid nodules in both fields of view.
An 88-year-old woman sought medical attention for a nodule on the anterior surface of her left foreleg that had gradually developed.
Alfalfa needs a soil pH above 6.2 and adequate inoculum to form nodules, he explains.
The Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress said that a botched operation to remove non-cancerous throat nodules in 1997 hasn't gotten better.
The Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress said in a recent interview that a botched operation to remove non-cancerous throat nodules in 1997 hasn't gotten better.
The technology, which was developed at Carpenter 's Reinhart Technical Center, involves foam nodules that move in four directions, thus providing continuous support and comfort no matter the movement or position of the sleeper.
It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while, we'll get a call to look at soybeans exhibiting poor nodulation, despite proper inoculation before planting by the producer.
In a news release, the archdiocese says tests show cancer cells were found in his right kidney and that a nodule on his liver contained cancerous cells.
I stayed quiet for 3 weeks and then started singing and definitely feel like my cords are as good as pre-nodule.
Infected plants have poorly developed roots and very few Rhizobium nodules.
John Mayer's been struggling with voice problems since last year, when he discovered a granuloma -- a nodule, essentially -- on his vocal cords.
John Mayer 's been struggling with voice problems since last year, when he discovered a granuloma -- a nodule, essentially -- on his vocal cords.
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In science:

This is probably the most striking result we obtained : to the north of the radio jet (see Fig. 2a), four parallel elongated nodules of ≈ 0.2′′ long each, forming a kind of wave pattern, are observed mainly at M and L, but also at a much fainter level at K.
Hot Very Small dust Grains in NGC 1068 seen in jet induced structures thanks to VLT/NACO adaptive optics
The photometry in L and M reveals unexpectedly high temperatures : for instance, a color temperature of 550 K is derived for the third, well delineated, nodule.
Hot Very Small dust Grains in NGC 1068 seen in jet induced structures thanks to VLT/NACO adaptive optics
At a pro jected distance of 70 pc, the energy density that is expected at the level of the nodule, assuming that there is no screening of the UV, is ≈ 105 eV.
Hot Very Small dust Grains in NGC 1068 seen in jet induced structures thanks to VLT/NACO adaptive optics
The low temperature nodule is consistent with the notion of a glassy state, which was acknowledged in section 3.1.
Investigation of the Spin Density Wave in NaxCoO2
Reiten I. k-Gorenstein algebras and syzygy nodules.
Local Cohomology and non commutative Gorenstein algebras
Bulk matter searches used hundreds of kg of material, including meteorites, schists, ferromanganese nodules, iron ore and others. A superconducting coil through which the material was passed, yielded a monopole/nucleon ratio in the samples < 1.2 × 10−29 at 90% CL .
Magnetic Monopole Searches
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