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nod·ule

 (nŏj′o͞ol)
n.
1. A small knotlike protuberance.
2. Medicine A small, abnormal but usually benign mass of tissue, as on the thyroid gland, in the lung, or under the skin.
3. Botany A small knoblike outgrowth, especially one on the roots of a leguminous plant that contains bacteria that fix nitrogen.
4. Mineralogy A small rounded lump of a mineral or mixture of minerals, usually harder than the surrounding rock or sediment.

[Middle English, from Latin nōdulus, diminutive of nōdus, knot; see ned- in Indo-European roots.]

nod′u·lar (nŏj′ə-lər), nod′u·lose′ (-lōs′), nod′u·lous (-ləs) adj.

nodule

(ˈnɒdjuːl)
n
1. a small knot, lump, or node
2. (Botany) Also called: root nodule any of the knoblike outgrowths on the roots of clover and many other legumes: contain bacteria involved in nitrogen fixation
3. (Anatomy) anatomy any small node or knoblike protuberance
4. (Geological Science) a small rounded lump of rock or mineral substance, esp in a matrix of different rock material
[C17: from Latin nōdulus, from nōdus knot]
ˈnodular, ˈnodulose, ˈnodulous adj

nod•ule

(ˈnɒdʒ ul)

n.
1. a small node, knot, or knob.
2. a small, rounded mass or lump.
[1590–1600; < Latin nōdulus=nōd(us) knot + -ulus -ule]
nod′u•lar, adj.

nod·ule

(nŏj′o͞ol)
1. Anatomy A small, usually hard mass of tissue.
2. Botany A small knob-like outgrowth found on the roots of many plants that are legumes. See more at legume.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nodule - a small nodenodule - a small node        
node - any bulge or swelling of an anatomical structure or part
2.nodule - small rounded wartlike protuberance on a plantnodule - small rounded wartlike protuberance on a plant
plant process, enation - a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ
3.nodule - (mineralogy) a small rounded lump of mineral substance (usually harder than the surrounding rock or sediment)
mineralogy - the branch of geology that studies minerals: their structure and properties and the ways of distinguishing them
geode - (mineralogy) a hollow rock or nodule with the cavity usually lined with crystals
hunk, lump - a large piece of something without definite shape; "a hunk of bread"; "a lump of coal"
Translations

nodule

[ˈnɒdjuːl] Nnódulo m

nodule

n (Med, Bot) → Knötchen nt; (Geol) → Klümpchen nt

nodule

[ˈnɒdjuːl] nnodulo

nod·ule

n. nódulo o nudo pequeño;
solitary ______ solitario;
subcutaneous ______ subcutáneo.

nodule

n nódulo
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The pattern of calcification may be uniform or may show coarsely linear nodulations.
The branches from young PCs were nearly homogeneous in each segment, while old dendrites possessed distinct swellings and nodulations in many segments (see Figures 1a and 2a).
Scutum (sct): median membranous area 165-190 [micro]m wide and 75-104 [micro]m long, with 4-8 hs scutal setae (scts) on each side; sclerotized lateral areas without nodulations or setae; area laterad to scutellum more heavily sclerotized.