corpuscle

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From Latin corpusculum, diminutive of corpus (body).

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corpuscle (plural corpuscles)

  1. A minute particle; an atom; a molecule.
    • 1809, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Friend
      It is the object of the mechanical atomistic philosophy to confound synthesis with synartesis, or rather with mere juxtaposition of corpuscles separated by invisible interspaces.
  2. A protoplasmic animal cell; especially, such as float free, like blood, lymph, and pus corpuscles; or such as are embedded in an intercellular matrix, like connective tissue and cartilage corpuscles.

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