Glisson's 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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  • Glisson's capsule — Glis·son s capsule glis ənz n an investment of loose connective tissue entering the liver with the portal vessels and sheathing the larger vessels in their course through the organ called also capsule of Glisson Glisson Francis (1597 1677)… …   Medical dictionary

  • glisson's capsule — ˈglisənz noun Usage: usually capitalized G Etymology: after Francis Glisson died 1677 English physician : an investment of loose connective tissue entering the liver with the portal vessels and sheathing the larger vessels in their course through …   Useful english dictionary

  • capsule of Glisson — capsule of Glis·son glis ən n GLISSON S CAPSULE …   Medical dictionary

  • 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

  • Capsule (anatomy) — A capsule, in anatomy, is a cover or envelope partly or wholly surrounding a structure. Types of capsules include:* the shell of an egg (biology) * joint capsules every diarthrodial joint possesses a fibrous or ligamentous capsule, lined with… …   Wikipedia

  • capsule of glisson — ˈglisən Usage: usually capitalized G : glisson s capsule …   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

  • CAPSULE — s. f. T. de Botan. Enveloppe sèche, et ordinairement formée de plusieurs pièces, qui renferme les semences ou graines de certaines plantes. La balsamine porte des capsules qui éclatent dès qu on les touche. Les têtes de pavot sont des capsules.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • adrenal 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Atrabiliary 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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