sphero-, spher-, -sphere-
(Greek: ball, round, around; globe, global; body of globular form; by extension, circular zone, circular area)
Intracellular fatty globules as a whole.
2. An instrument for determining he degree of curvature of a sphere or part of a sphere; especially, of optical lenses, or of the tools used for grinding them.
2. A congenital bilateral aberration in which the eye lenses are small, spheric, and subject to subluxation (partial dislocation).
It may occur as an independent anomaly or may be associated with the Weill-Marchesani syndrome or a disorder of connective tissue that causes eye abnormalities and other physical problems.
2. A bacterium or yeast cell that has lost part of its cell wall and is, as a result, spherical in shape and more sensitive to osmosis.
3. A bacterial cell with a cell wall that has been altered or is partly missing, resulting in a spherical shape.
2. A small spherical spicule or a small hard needle-shaped part.
2. A small sphere or spherical body; for example, quicksilver, when poured out on a level surface, divides itself into many minute spherules.
2. A small, usually spheroidal body consisting of radiating crystals, found in obsidian and other glassy lava rocks.
3. In petrology (science of stones), small, rounded bodies that commonly occur in vitreous igneous rocks.
They are often visible in specimens of obsidian, pitchstone, and rhyolite as globules about the size of millet seed or rice grain, with a duller luster than the surrounding glassy base of the rock.