corpuscle

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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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Louis Pasteur, quimico frances (1822-1885), publico su "Memoire sur les corpuscules organises qui exiten dans l'atmosphere".
Dorsally it is clothed with closely set, non imbricating cylindrical corpuscules, colored, and with rounded heads (Fig.
Apparently on occasion Schaer had seen the shadow of the planet lengthen beyond and above the rings, giving the impression Saturn was surrounded by corpuscules; an idea that resonated with the thoughts of Antoniadi and Fournier and earlier speculations by W.