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NOUN (2)

1. (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything;
[syn: atom, molecule, particle, corpuscle, mote, speck]

2. either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets;
[syn: blood cell, blood corpuscle, corpuscle]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Corpuscle \Cor"pus*cle\ (-p[u^]s*s'l), n. [L. corpusculum, dim. of corpus.] 1. A minute particle; an atom; a molecule. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) A protoplasmic animal cell; esp., such as float free, like blood, lymph, and pus corpuscles; or such as are imbedded in an intercellular matrix, like connective tissue and cartilage corpuscles. See Blood. [1913 Webster] Virchow showed that the corpuscles of bone are homologous with those of connective tissue. --Quain's Anat. [1913 Webster] 3. (Physics) An electron. [archaic] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Red blood corpuscles (Physiol.), in man, yellowish, biconcave, circular discs varying from 1/3500 to 1/3200 of an inch in diameter and about 1/12400 of an inch thick. They are composed of a colorless stroma filled in with semifluid h[ae]moglobin and other matters. In most mammals the red corpuscles are circular, but in the camels, birds, reptiles, and the lower vertebrates generally, they are oval, and sometimes more or less spherical in form. In Amphioxus, and most invertebrates, the blood corpuscles are all white or colorless. White blood corpuscles (Physiol.), rounded, slightly flattened, nucleated cells, mainly protoplasmic in composition, and possessed of contractile power. In man, the average size is about 1/2500 of an inch, and they are present in blood in much smaller numbers than the red corpuscles. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Electron \E*lec"tron\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. 'h`lektron. See Electric.] 1. Amber; also, the alloy of gold and silver, called electrum. [archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. (Physics & Chem.) one of the fundamental subatomic particles, having a negative charge and about one thousandth the mass of a hydrogen atom. The electron carries (or is) a natural unit of negative electricity, equal to 3.4 x 10^-10 electrostatic units, and is classed by physicists as a lepton. Its mass is practically constant at the lesser speeds, but increases due to relativistic effects as the velocity approaches that of light. Electrons are all of one kind, so far as is known. Thus far, no structure has been detected within an electron, and it is probably one of the ultimate composite constituents of all matter. An atom or group of atoms from which an electron has been detached has a positive charge and is called a cation. Electrons are projected from the cathode of vacuum tubes (including television picture tubes) as cathode rays and from radioactive substances as the beta rays. Previously also referred to as corpuscle, an obsolete term. The motion of electrons through metallic conductors is observed as an electric current. A particle identical to the electron in mass and most other respects, but having a positive instead of a negative charge, is called a positron, or antielectron [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] Electro-negative
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

corpuscle n 1: (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything [syn: atom, molecule, particle, corpuscle, mote, speck] 2: either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets [syn: blood cell, blood corpuscle, corpuscle]