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Definitions of tubercle

  1. a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A small mass or aggregation of morbid matter; especially, the deposit which accompanies scrofula or phthisis. This is composed of a hard, grayish, or yellowish, translucent or opaque matter, which gradually softens, and excites suppuration in its vicinity. It is most frequently found in the lungs, causing consumption. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A small knoblike growth, especially on an animal or plant; a tiny unhealthy growth appearing in the tissues of the body; especially that causing tuberculosis. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A small tuber or swelling: a pimple: a small knob on leaves: a small mass of diseased matter frequently found in the lungs, and which is the cause of the well-known fatal disease called pulmonary consumption. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A small knob; small mass of deseased matter. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A small knob, as of bone. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A small tumor, as in the lung. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A small swelling or tumour; a little knob, like a pimple on plants; a morbid development, chiefly in the lungs, of an opaque pale yellow matter of the consistency at first of concrete albumen. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A small knoblike prominence or excrescence, whether natural or morbid; as, a tubercle on a plant; a tubercle on a bone; the tubercles appearing on the body in leprosy. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A little knob; in med., a small, hard, local tumour-when deposited in numbers on the lungs, and suppurating, producing the disease known as consumption; a pimple or tumour appearing on the skin; in bot., a swollen simple root, as of some orchids; a little tuber. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. A small rounded protuberance; a root-swelling or nodule ; a tuberculum or rib-knob. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  12. Tubercular. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for tubercle

  1. The navicular and cuboid are rotated medially around the anterior ends of the talus and calcaneus respectively, and the tubercle of the navicular comes to lie close to the medial malleolus. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  2. Where is or who is the great thinker who knows and can tell all of the duties and actions of the nerves of the neck, or what nerve failed and slept while a tubercle was formed in the lungs? – Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew T. Still
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