What does tubercle mean?

Definitions for tubercleˈtu bər kəl, ˈtyu-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tubercle(noun)

    a swelling that is the characteristic lesion of tuberculosis

  2. nodule, tubercle(noun)

    small rounded wartlike protuberance on a plant

  3. tuberosity, tubercle, eminence(noun)

    a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament


  1. tubercle(Noun)

    A round nodule, small eminence, or warty outgrowth found on bones especially for the attachment of a muscle or ligament. A small elevation on the surface of a tooth.

  2. tubercle(Noun)

    A small rounded wartlike protuberance of the roots of some leguminous plants; the lip of certain orchids, cacti.

  3. tubercle(Noun)

    A small rounded nodule forming the characteristic lesion of tuberculosis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tubercle(noun)

    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. Tubercle(noun)

    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


  1. Tubercle

    A tubercle is generally a wart-like projection, but it has slightly different meaning depending on which family of plants or animals it is used to refer to. In the case of certain orchids and cacti, it denotes a round nodule, small eminence, or warty outgrowth found on the lip. They are also known as podaria. When referring to some members of the pea family, it is used to refer to the wart-like excrescences that are found on the roots. In mycology, a tubercle is used to refer to a mass of hyphae from which a mushroom is made. When it is used in relation to certain dorid nudibranchs such as Peltodoris nobilis, it means the nodules on the dorsum of the animal. These tubercles in nudibranchs can present themselves in different ways : each tubercle in a single rounded, conical or angular form, each tubercle in a compound form of two or more levels, tubercles in amalgamated clusters or as tubercles forming or joined by a ridge. In dinosaurs, a tubercle is a general term for the scales seen in skin impressions. In duck-billed dinosaurs, for example, three main types of tubercles are defined: small tubercles with no definite arrangement; larger, polygonal tubercles up to 1 cm in diameter, which are grouped into clusters separated by ground tubercles; and limpet-shaped conical scutes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tubercle

    tū′bėr-kl, n. a small tuber or swelling: a pimple: a small knob on leaves: the characteristic product of a specific micro-organism, the Bacillus tuberculosis—a new formation belonging to the group of Granulomata or granulative growths, which, in virtue of their recognised infectiveness, have been classed as Infective Granulomata.—adjs. Tū′bercled, having tubercles; Tuber′cular; Tuber′culate, -d, Tuber′culose, Tuber′culous, pertaining to tubercles: pimpled: affected with, or caused by, tubercles.—ns. Tuber′culin, -e, a liquid prepared by Koch in 1890, a forty to fifty per cent. glycerine solution of a pure cultivation of the tubercle bacillus, injected into the subcutaneous tissues of persons affected with tuberculosis; Tuberculisā′tion.—v.t. Tuber′culise.—adjs. Tuber′culoid; Tuber′culōsed.—ns. Tuberculō′sis, a specific infective disease induced by the invasion of the Bacillus tuberculosis, and characterised by the presence of tubercle or other tubercular formations—consumption or phthisis; Tuber′culum, a tubercle. [L. tuberculum, dim. of tuber.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tubercle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tubercle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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Translations for tubercle

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  • tubérculoSpanish
  • juurinystyrä, nystyrä, nystermä, tuberkkeli, nystyFinnish

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