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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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Thymus in the age group of 11-20 exhibited normally lobulated thymus with Hassall's corpuscles in the medulla.
However, two of the specimens from 79 year old specimens showed normally lobulated thymus with reticulocytes and Hassall's corpuscles.
The number of Hassall's corpuscles per low power field was assessed in all the specimens.
Mann--Whitney test showed that there is no significant difference in the number of Hassall's corpuscles in between the two sexes.
Independent samples t-test was used to detect any significant difference between the experimental and control groups by comparing mean numbers of epithelioreticular cells and the size and number of Hassall's corpuscles in the medulla of thymus.
Although, no considerable difference was encountered between the experimental and control groups regarding the number of Hassall's corpuscles, their diameter was considerably larger in the group exposed to retinoic acid (p=0.
The length and the size of Hassall's corpuscles were also significantly different in the experimental subgroup A2 and control subgroup B2 (table-I).
The Hassall's corpuscles showed typical swirly appearance and stained strongly eosinophilic (fig-1 and 2).