One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Zoology a projecting body part, especially one used for locomotion, especially a parapodium or pseudopodium (now rare).
2Histology (in a renal podocyte) any of the cytoplasmic processes that cover the outer surface of a capillary.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Andrew Pritchard (1804–1882), microscopist.
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