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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On a function of the red corpuscles of the blood and on the process of arterialisation.
How heartening it was (literally so; by the million, those little red corpuscles were positively racing at the memory) to hear this week that teachers are to be obliged to re-introduce competitive sport into their curricula, under orders from one of the new caring authorities, perhaps the national council for sadism in schools.
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Haacke, who specializes in delivering left-wing political sermons dressed up as art, would inject a few red corpuscles into an exhibition that turns out to be notable only for its unrelieved tedium.