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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  • 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

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  • capsule — (n.) 1650s, from Fr. capsule a membranous sac (16c.), from L. capsula small boat or chest, dim. of capsa box, case, chest (see CASE (Cf. case) (n.2)). Medical sense is 1875; shortened form cap is from 1942. Sense in space capsule is first… …   Etymology dictionary

  • capsule — [kap′səl, kap′syo͞ol] n. [Fr < L capsula, dim. of capsa, box: see CASE2] 1. Obs. a small case or sheath ☆ 2. a small, soluble gelatin container for enclosing a dose of medicine 3. ☆ a) an ejectable airplane cockpit b) …   English World dictionary

  • capsule — [adj] shortened form abridged, canned, condensed, epitomized, pocket, potted, tabloid; concepts 531,773 capsule [n] tablet, usually medicine bolus, cap, dose, lozenge, pellet, pill, troche; concepts 260,307 …   New thesaurus

  • capsule — ► NOUN 1) a small soluble case of gelatin containing a dose of medicine, swallowed whole. 2) a small case or container. 3) a space capsule. 4) Botany a dry fruit that releases its seeds by bursting open when ripe. DERIVATIVES capsular adjective… …   English terms dictionary

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  • capsule — CAPSULE. s. f. Terme de Botanique. Il se dit de cette partie de la plante qui renferme les semences et les graines. En Anatomie, on donne ce nom à des membranes qui enveloppent les articulations …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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