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  • n. Plural form of spicule.


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  • The long, dark cells are brown cystidia, termed spicules by some to distinguish them from the colorless cystidia.

    Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.

  • Two satellites have now identified jets of super-heated gas, called spicules, shooting up from just above the Sun's surface into the outer atmosphere.

    BBC News - Home

  • The researchers rubbed roughly the same number of cowhage spicules the itch-inducing spiky bits of that plant, also known as velvet bean on three locations: the front of the ankle; on the underside of the forearm; and under the shoulder blade on the back.

    A Dip in the Pool Does an Aging Body Good

  • They have different kinds of cells—digestive cells, cells that secrete the spicules segments of the body skeleton of spongy proteinaceous material, and so on—which can communicate with one another and divide up the labor of life to work together as a single individual.


  • Typically, bone marrow biopsies contain spicules of bone and, within these spicules, islands of growing blood cells—nurseries for the genesis of new blood.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • A few mineralized animal fossils, including spongw spicules and probable worm tubes, are known from the Vendian period immediately preceding the Cambrian.


  • The papery folds of skin, remarkably preserved, gave way to that mass, which was intact and studded with spicules of bone.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Jon-Tom realized the insect was generating a crude approximation of normal speech by controlling the flow of air through its breathing spicules.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • In most freshwater species the males have spicules that enter the female's vagina where the sperm is released Other species specialize in "traumatic fertilization" in which the male simply punctures the cuticle of the female with his spicules and releases the sperm directly into her body cavity.


  • Angelfishes prefer to feed on the sponges with the lowest content of protective spicules.

    Coral reef fish feeding behavior in the Caribbean


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