One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A minute body or cell in an organism, especially a red or white cell in the blood of vertebrates.
- ‘Arterioles have a relatively thick muscular wall in comparison to their luminal diameter; the lumen of the smallest arterioles can accommodate about three to four red blood corpuscles.’
- ‘There was absolutely no way to cure it and the ill persons didn't show the distinct signs of the other kinds - no overproduction of white blood corpuscles, no attacks of high fever and no spleen tumors at all.’
- ‘It is composed of: red corpuscles, white cells, platelets, and blood plasma.’
- ‘But the result of the treatment can affect the blood corpuscles and may even cause death.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1historical A minute particle regarded as the basic constituent of matter or light.
- ‘He argued that matter was composed of corpuscles which themselves were differently built up of different configurations of primary particles.’
- ‘Neither Arago nor any other scientist could demonstrate that light must be either a stream of emitted corpuscles or a wave motion.’
- ‘He used the term corpuscles to describe the negatively charged particles that we now call electrons.’
- ‘Boyle reconciled the two aspects of his position by assuming that chemical corpuscles were composed of atoms at a deeper level.’
- ‘To explain some of his observations Newton had to argue that the corpuscles of light created waves in the aether.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin corpusculum ‘small body’, diminutive of corpus.
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