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corpuscle

1. any cell or similar minute body that is suspended in a fluid, esp any of the red blood corpuscles (see erythrocyte) or white blood corpuscles (see leucocyte).
2. Anatomy the encapsulated ending of a sensory nerve
3. Physics a discrete particle such as an electron, photon, ion, or atom

corpuscle

[′kȯr·pəs·əl]
(anatomy)
A small, rounded body.
(neuroscience)
An encapsulated sensory-nerve end organ.
(optics)
A particle of light in the corpuscular theory, corresponding to the photon in the quantum theory.
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Conclusion: Prenatal exposure to retinoic acid significantly reduced the number of epithelioreticular cells and increased the size and the number of the Hassall's corpuscles.
40,41) Corpuscles were detected in different amount by FAT showing that the virus was presented in various levels in cells and virus strains being compatible with qRT-PCR results, demonstrating the ability of these techniques to assess virus load and replication, as well as the high level of agreement between both techniques.
Morphometric investigations of the animals from this group (test 5) showed that the number of renal corpuscles per field is 17.
of a sperm flagellum showing the 9+9+2 axoneme (ax), accessory bodies (ab), mitochondrial derivatives (large md1 and small md2), and the puff-like corpuscle (arrow).
Mesocestoides corti: environmental cation concentration in calcareous corpuscles.
Many encapsulated endings found in fascia are mechanoreceptors that respond to mechanical pressure or deformation, and include Golgi receptors, Pacinian corpuscles, and Ruffini's corpuscles.
Glen clarified that Meissner's corpuscles, though little known at least in the US, are often the key to orgasms.
These observations were made before the era of modern microscopy - although indeed Hodgkin used an early microscope and described the biconcave nature of red blood corpuscles.
Researchers found that mice lacking the proper version of a protein called c-Maf have deformed Pacinian corpuscles, the vibration detectors that surround mouse bones (normal corpuscles shown here ill a mouse's leg).
the testis communicates with the Wolffian duct via a sequential arrangement of vasa efferentia, renal corpuscles, and efferent epididymal ducts; no longitudinal duct or afferent epididymal ducts were observed), many of which have not been described previously in other salamanders.
The nerve cells form long axons, which terminate in the skin in touch corpuscles or at hair shafts.