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Meaning of TUBERCLE

Pronunciation:  'tyoobukul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament
  2. [n]  small rounded wartlike protuberance on a plant
  3. [n]  a swelling that is the characteristic lesion of tuberculosis

TUBERCLE is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: eminence, nodule, tuberosity
 See Also: appendage, deltoid eminence, deltoid tuberosity, enation, lesion, outgrowth, plant process, process



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Tu"ber*cle\, n. [L. tuberculum, dim. of tuber: cf. F.
tubercule, OF. also tubercle. See {Tuber}.]
1. 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.

2. (Med.) 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.

{Tubercle bacillus} (Med.), a minute vegetable organism
   ({Bacillus tuberculosis}) discovered by Koch, a German
   physician, in the sputum of consumptive patients and in
   tuberculous tissue, and believed to be the exciting cause
   of tubercles and tuberculosis.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A small wart-like outgrowth.