Definition of corpuscle in English:


Syllabification: cor·pus·cle
Pronunciation: /ˈkôrˌpəsəl


  • 1A minute body or cell in an organism, especially a red or white cell in the blood of vertebrates.
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    • It is composed of: red corpuscles, white cells, platelets, and blood plasma.
    • For a time, all you can see are blurred shapes swimming around on a glass slide, then suddenly everything becomes clear and you are studying a blood corpuscle or a cancerous cell.
    • But the result of the treatment can affect the blood corpuscles and may even cause death.
  • 1.1 historical A minute particle regarded as the basic constituent of matter or light.
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    • To explain some of his observations Newton had to argue that the corpuscles of light created waves in the aether.
    • He argued that matter was composed of corpuscles which themselves were differently built up of different configurations of primary particles.
    • Boyle reconciled the two aspects of his position by assuming that chemical corpuscles were composed of atoms at a deeper level.



Pronunciation: /kôrˈpəskyələr/
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  • This complete blood count was done on an instrument which employs impedance and pulse editing technology in measuring the mean corpuscular volume.
  • When the corpuscular theory of matter was developed and accepted (which could explain but not predict chemical changes in terms of transmutations), this belief was strengthened.
  • High mean corpuscular volume, which is often a sign of either vitamin B12 or folate deficiency, has been found to be predictive for a risk of colorectal polyps in men.


mid 17th century: from Latin corpusculum 'small body', diminutive of corpus.

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