Suprarenal capsule
Capsule Cap"sule (k[a^]p"s[=u]l), n. [L. capsula a little box or chest, fr. capsa chest, case, fr. capere to take, contain: cf. F. capsule.] 1. (Bot.) a dry fruit or pod which is made up of several parts or carpels, and opens to discharge the seeds, as, the capsule of the poppy, the flax, the lily, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) (a) A small saucer of clay for roasting or melting samples of ores, etc.; a scorifier. (b) a small, shallow, evaporating dish, usually of porcelain. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) A small cylindrical or spherical gelatinous envelope in which nauseous or acrid doses are inclosed to be swallowed. [1913 Webster]

4. (Anat.) A membranous sac containing fluid, or investing an organ or joint; as, the capsule of the lens of the eye. Also, a capsulelike organ. [1913 Webster]

5. A metallic seal or cover for closing a bottle. [1913 Webster]

6. A small cup or shell, as of metal, for a percussion cap, cartridge, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Atrabiliary capsule}. See under {Atrabiliary}.

{Glisson's capsule}, a membranous envelope, entering the liver along with the portal vessels and insheathing the latter in their course through the organ.

{Suprarenal capsule}, a ductless gland secreting epinephrine, norepinephrine, and steroid hormones, on the upper end of each kidney. It is also called the {adrenal gland}, {glandula suprarenalis}, {suprarenal gland}, {epinephros}, {atrabiliary capsule}, and {adrenal capsule}. [1913 Webster +PJC] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • suprarenal capsule — suprarenal gland, suprarenal body, or suprarenal capsule, one of the two ductless glands on or near the upper part of the kidneys, which secrete hormones, such as adrenalin; adrenal gland; renal gland …   Useful english dictionary

  • suprarenal gland — Capsule Cap sule (k[a^]p s[=u]l), n. [L. capsula a little box or chest, fr. capsa chest, case, fr. capere to take, contain: cf. F. capsule.] 1. (Bot.) a dry fruit or pod which is made up of several parts or carpels, and opens to discharge the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capsule — Cap sule (k[a^]p s[=u]l), n. [L. capsula a little box or chest, fr. capsa chest, case, fr. capere to take, contain: cf. F. capsule.] 1. (Bot.) a dry fruit or pod which is made up of several parts or carpels, and opens to discharge the seeds, as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Suprarenal — Su pra*re nal, a. (Anat.) Situated above, or anterior to, the kidneys. n. A suprarenal capsule. [1913 Webster] {Suprarenal capsules} (Anat.), two small bodies of unknown function in front of, or near, the kidneys in most vertebrates. Also called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suprarenal bodies — Suprarenal Su pra*re nal, a. (Anat.) Situated above, or anterior to, the kidneys. n. A suprarenal capsule. [1913 Webster] {Suprarenal capsules} (Anat.), two small bodies of unknown function in front of, or near, the kidneys in most vertebrates.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Suprarenal capsules — Suprarenal Su pra*re nal, a. (Anat.) Situated above, or anterior to, the kidneys. n. A suprarenal capsule. [1913 Webster] {Suprarenal capsules} (Anat.), two small bodies of unknown function in front of, or near, the kidneys in most vertebrates.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suprarenal gland — noun either of a pair of complex endocrine glands situated near the kidney • Syn: ↑adrenal gland, ↑adrenal • Derivationally related forms: ↑adrenal (for: ↑adrenal) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • suprarenal body — noun see suprarenal gland * * * suprarenal gland, suprarenal body, or suprarenal capsule, one of the two ductless glands on or near the upper part of the kidneys, which secrete hormones, such as adrenalin; adrenal gland; renal gland …   Useful english dictionary

  • Capsule — has many meanings in medicine including the following: {{}}In medicine, a membranous structure that envelops an organ, a joint, tumor, or any other part of the body. It is usually made up of dense collagen containing connective tissue. In… …   Medical dictionary

  • suprarenal — SUPRARENÁL, Ă, suprarenali, e, adj. Care se află deasupra rinichilor. ♢ Glandă suprarenală (şi substantivat, f.) = fiecare dintre cele două glande endocrine care produc adrenalina, unii hormoni etc., situate deasupra rinichilor. ♦ Relativ la… …   Dicționar Român

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