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corpuscle

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Definition a small free floating biological cell, especially a blood cell

A white corpuscle (today more commonly called a white blood cell) helps the body's immune system by destroying bacteria and fungi.  At one time, corpuscle was also used to refer to anything that is very tiny — especially a photon.
  • The test showed a high white corpuscle count.
  • So is the microscopic examination for blood corpuscles.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  A Study In Scarlet
  • A few confused resemblances: clouds or distant coast, birds or corpuscles, fled across my eyes.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • His face was red, the corpuscles around his thick nose swollen.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Why should streptococcus dissolve the red blood corpuscles of sheep more easily than those of rabbits?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • A gritty, corpuscular universe, a grating of stiff and angular machines.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I always thought they should be called corpuscles.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • There were kidneys, nerve sheaths and corpuscles.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Hunger and a lack of blood-corpuscles take all the manhood from a man.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • I said "corpuscle."
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • The drop in the number of white blood corpuscles reduced the patient's capacity to resist infection, so open wounds were unusually slow in healing and many of the sick developed sore throats and mouths.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • When the last corpuscle vanished between his port-red lips, he rubbed his hands flat together-"polishing his palms," as Garrow used to say-and said, "Know this about me, then: I was born some centuries past in our city of Luthivira, which stood in the woods by Lake Tidosten.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Ruth heard the supplication in her words and it seemed to her that she was not looking at a person but at an impulse, a cell, a red corpuscle that neither knows nor understands why it is driven to spend its whole life in one pursuit: swimming up a dark tunnel toward the muscle of a heart or an eye's nerve end that it both nourished and fed from.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • God's unity was indubitable and indubitably announced, but on all other points he wavered like the average Christian; his belief in the life to come would pale to a hope, vanish, reappear, all in a single sentence or a dozen heart-beats, so that the corpuscles of his blood rather than he seemed to decide which opinion he should hold, and for how long.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • ...arrogating to herself, because it fills her veins also, nourishment from the old blood that crossed uncharted seas and continents and battled wilderness hardships and lurking circumstances and fatalities, with tranquil disregard of whatever onerous carks to leisure and even peace which the preservation of it incurs upon what might be called the contemporary transmutable fountainhead who contrives to keep the crass foodbearing corpuscles sufficiently numerous and healthy in the stream.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • He mixed the supernatant fluid from a centrifugated culture with a suspension of red blood corpuscles and placed it in the incubator.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • But most of the processes were incomparably tedious: removing samples of the culture every six hours, making salt suspensions of corpuscles in small tubes, recording the results.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • By a corpuscle.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Corpuscles.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • There were picturesque moments when, after centrifuging, the organisms lay in coiling cloudy masses at the bottoms of the tubes; or when the red corpuscles were completely dissolved and the opaque brick-red liquid turned to the color of pale wine.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith

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