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any small mass or body. adj., adj corpus´cular.
blood corpuscle blood cell.
colostrum c's large rounded bodies in colostrum, containing droplets of fat and sometimes a nucleus.
Krause's corpuscle end-bulb.
malpighian corpuscle the funnel-like structure constituting the beginning of the structural unit of the kidney (nephron) and comprising the malpighian capsule and its partially enclosed glomerulus. Called also renal corpuscle.
Meissner's corpuscle tactile corpuscle.
Purkinje's c's large, branched nerve cells composing the middle layer of the cortex of the cerebellum.
red corpuscle (red blood corpuscle) erythrocyte.
renal corpuscle malpighian corpuscle.
tactile corpuscle a medium-sized nerve ending in the skin, particularly the fingertips and lips; called also Meissner's corpuscle and tactile papilla.
white corpuscle (white blood corpuscle) leukocyte.


1. A small mass or body.
2. A blood cell.
Synonym(s): corpusculum
[L. corpusculum, dim. of corpus, body]


/cor·pus·cle/ (kor´pus'l) any small mass or body.corpus´cular
blood corpuscle  see under cell.
corneal corpuscles  star-shaped corpuscles within the corneal spaces.
genital corpuscle  a type of small encapsulated nerve ending in the mucous membranes of the genital region and the skin around the nipples.
Golgi's corpuscle  Golgi tendon organ.
Hassall's corpuscles  spherical or ovoid bodies found in the medulla of the thymus, composed of concentric arrays of epithelial cells which contain keratohyalin and bundles of cytoplasmic filaments.
lamellar corpuscle , lamellated corpuscle a type of large encapsulated nerve ending found throughout the body, concerned with perception of sensations.
malpighian corpuscles  renal c's.
Meissner's corpuscle  tactile c.
Pacini's corpuscle , pacinian corpuscle lamellated c.
paciniform corpuscles  a type of rapidly adapting lamellated corpuscles responding to muscle stretch and light pressure.
red corpuscle  erythrocyte.
renal corpuscles  bodies forming the beginning of nephrons, each consisting of the glomerulus and glomerular capsule.
tactile corpuscle  a type of medium-sized encapsulated nerve ending in the skin, chiefly in the palms and soles.
thymus corpuscles  Hassall's c's.
white corpuscle  leukocyte.


(kôr′pə-səl, -pŭs′əl)
a. An unattached body cell, such as a blood or lymph cell.
b. A rounded globular mass of cells, such as the pressure receptor on certain nerve endings.
2. A discrete particle, such as a photon or an electron.
3. A minute globular particle.

cor·pus′cu·lar (kôr-pŭs′kyə-lər) adj.


Etymology: L, corpusculum, little body
1 any cell of the body.
2 a red or white blood cell. Also called corpuscule. corpuscular, adj.


1. A small mass or body.
2. A blood cell.
Synonym(s): corpusculum.
[L. corpusculum, dim. of corpus, body]


(kor'pus-el) [L. corpusculum, little body]
1. Any small rounded body.
2. An encapsulated sensory nerve ending.
3. A blood cell. corpuscular (kor-pus'kyu-lar), adjective

axis corpuscle

The center of a tactile corpuscle.

blood corpuscle.

An erythrocyte or leukocyte.

bone corpuscle

Bone cell.

cancroid corpuscle

The characteristic nodule in cutaneous epithelioma.

cartilage corpuscle


chromophil corpuscle

Nissl body.

chyle corpuscle

A corpuscle seen in chyle.

colloid corpuscle

Corpus amylaceum.

colostrum corpuscle

A cell containing phagocytosed fat globules, present in milk secreted the first few days after parturition.

corneal corpuscle

A type of connective tissue cell found in the fibrous tissue of the cornea.

Drysdale's corpuscle

See: Drysdale's corpuscle

genital corpuscle

An encapsulated sensory nerve ending resembling a pacinian corpuscle that is found in the skin of the external genitalia and nipples.

ghost corpuscle

See: red cell ghost

Gierke's corpuscle

Hassall's corpuscle.

Golgi-Mazzoni corpuscle

See: Golgi-Mazzoni corpuscle

Hassall's corpuscle

See: Hassall's corpuscle

Krause's corpuscle

See: Krause's corpuscle

lymph corpuscle


malpighian corpuscle

1. Renal corpuscle.
2. A malpighian body of the spleen.

Mazzoni's corpuscle

See: Krause's corpuscle.

Meissner's corpuscle

See: Meissner's corpuscle

milk corpuscle

A fat-filled globule present in milk. It represents the distal end of a mammary gland cell broken off in apocrine secretion.

pacinian corpuscle

An encapsulated nerve ending found in the dermis, subcutaneous tissue, and other connective tissue membranes; it is a sensory receptor for pressure.

Purkinje corpuscle

See: Purkinje cell

red corpuscle


red blood corpuscle

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renal corpuscle

A glomerulus and Bowman's capsule of the nephron of a kidney, the site of glomerular filtration.
Synonym: malpighian corpuscle (1) See: illustration

reticulated corpuscle

An obsolete term for reticulocyte.
See: reticulocyte

Ruffini corpuscle

See: Ruffini, Angelo

splenic corpuscle

A nodule of lymphatic tissue in the spleen.

tactile corpuscle

A sensory receptor that responds to touch (e.g., Meissner's corpuscle). Tactile corpuscles are located in the dermal papillae just beneath the epidermis and are most numerous on the fingertips, toes, soles, palms, lips, nipples, and tip of the tongue.

terminal corpuscle

A nerve ending.

white corpuscle


white blood corpuscle



A general term for any small, discrete, microscopic structure such as a red blood cell, a sensory nerve ending, an OSTEOCYTE or a GLOMERULUS of a kidney.


An old-fashioned term for a free-floating blood cell, such as a red or white blood cell. The term derives from the Latin corpusculum , the diminutive of the term for ‘body’.


a blood cell
  • red corpuscle erythrocyte

  • white corpuscle a type of leukocyte


1. A small mass or body.
2. A blood cell.
[L. corpusculum, dim. of corpus, body]

corpuscle(s) (kor´pusəl),

n a small body, mass, or organ.
corpuscle, blood,
n a formed element in the blood. See also erythrocyte, leukocyte, lymphocyte, monocyte.
corpuscle, Golgi's, a small, spindle-shaped proprioceptive endorgan located in tendons and activated by stretch.
corpuscle, Krause's, the bulboid encapsulated nerve endings located in mucous membranes and activated by cold.
corpuscle, Meissner's, the medium encapsulated nerve endings found in the skin and activated by light touch.
corpuscle, Merkel's, the specialized sensory nerve endings located in the submucosa of the oral cavity and activated by light touch.
corpuscle, Pacini's, the large sensory nerve endings, scattered widely in subcutaneous tissues, joints, and tendons and activated by deep pressure.
corpuscle, Ruffini's, the specialized sensory nerve organs in the skin and mucous membranes for perceiving heat. Temperature variations of less than 5°C are not readily received by these end organs.


any small mass or body.

blood c's
formed elements in the blood, i.e. erythrocytes and leukocytes.
bulbous corpuscle
temperature-sensitive nerve endorgan.
colostrum c's
large rounded bodies in colostrum, containing droplets of fat and sometimes a nucleus.
compound granular corpuscle
genital corpuscle
pressure receptor nerve-endings in the penis and clitoris.
Golgi-Mazzoni corpuscle
probably a pressure receptor; occur in hairless skin and associated mucosae, glans penis, foot pad of carnivores, hoof connective tissue.
corpuscle of Grandry
in the dermis of a duck's bill. See also corpuscle of Herbst (below).
corpuscle of Herbst
located in the dermis of the duck's bill these corpuscles are extremely sensitive to vibration.
lamellar corpuscle
pressure-sensitive nerve-endings. Called also Ruffini corpuscle.
malpighian corpuscle
see renal corpuscle (below).
Meissner corpuscle
touch-sensitive nerve receptors.
meniscoid corpuscle
touch-sensitive nerve endorgan.
pacinian c's
Purkinje's c's
large, branched nerve cells composing the middle layer of the cortex of the cerebellum.
red blood corpuscle
renal corpuscle
a tuft of capillaries enveloped by the dilated end of a renal tubule. Constitutes the beginning of the structural unit of the kidney (nephron). Called also malpighian corpuscle.
Ruffini corpuscle
see lamellar corpuscle (above).
tactile c's
medium-sized encapsulated nerve endings in the skin; called also tactile papillae.
white blood corpuscle
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