• WordNet 3.6
    • n corpuscle either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets
    • n corpuscle (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Corpuscle A minute particle; an atom; a molecule.
    • Corpuscle (Anat) 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. "Virchow showed that the corpuscles of bone are homologous with those of connective tissue."
    • Corpuscle (Physics) An electron.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n corpuscle A minute particle, molecule, or atom of matter.
    • n corpuscle In zoology and anatomy, some small body regarded by itself and characterized by a qualifying term: usually a body of microscopic size; a cell. See phrases below.
    • n corpuscle In botany, specifically, one of several large cells within the endosperm and near the summit of the embryo sac in gymnosperms, from which after fertilization an embryo is developed: so named by R. Brown. They are styled by Sachs archegonia, and are considered by him to be of the same nature as the archegonia of the higher cryptogams. They have also been called secondary embryo-sacs.
    • n corpuscle Same as corposant.
    • n corpuscle Of the kidney, small globular masses of dark-red color, found in the cortical substance of the organ, consisting of a central glomerulus of blood-vessels (the Malpighian tuft), and of a membranous capsule which is the beginning of a uriniferous tubule.
    • n corpuscle In electricity, a body smaller than an atom, assumed to explain the phenomena of electric discharges in gases, and of radioactivity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Corpuscle a minute particle; a physical atom—also Corpus′cule
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. corpusculum, dim. of corpus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. corpus, the body.


In literature:

It is to these corpuscles that the strange properties of radium are due.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
In this the formative cells (the cartilage corpuscles) are enjellied in a clear structureless matrix (Figure XII.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
This organism, of all curious places, burrowed into and found a home in the little red corpuscles of the blood.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
She thinks it's red corpuscles but I really believe it's that Independence.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
The strongest and reddest corpuscle had been the gift of his mother.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
Well, I've trained a good many kinds, but I'd never tried to pump red corpuscles into an amateur Romeo before.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Corpuscle: a small cell; usually applied to blood cells.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Dr. Williams and others have gone too far in attempting to describe a particular corpuscle as existing in the lymph of pleuro-pneumonia.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
These living corpuscles take possession of the intestinal canal, and spread thence throughout the body of the worm.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
These corpuscles therefore indicate the fact that electricity has an atomic basis.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper

In poetry:

A civil war cast on his fame,
The four years' odium of strife
Unbodies his dust; love cannot warm
His tall corpuscles to this life.
"Elegy" by Allen Tate

In science:

As known, quantum mechanics is based on corpuscle and wave properties of quantum particles.
Certain conclusions of Gordon decomposition
Reiss, R-D., and Drees, H. (1992) Tail behavior in Wicksell’s corpuscle problem.
Asymptotics of the Norm of Elliptical Random Vectors
Takahashi, R., and Sibuya, M. (1998) Prediction of the maximum size in Wicksell’s corpuscle problem.
Asymptotics of Random Contractions
Normal particle diffusion is characterized by the fact that the mean square displacement of the corpuscle grows linearly with time and the cumulative probability distribution is asymptotically that of a Gaussian density as dictated by the Central Limit Theorem (CLT).
Multi-Gaussian modes of diffusion in a quenched random medium
Once there was the idea that everything is made up of corpuscles that interact by contact; then the idea that everything is made up of point-particles that interact by means of a force at a distance; then the idea that there is a unified field; nowadays there is the idea that everything is made up of quantum strings.
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