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.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      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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