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Meaning of capsule by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French capsule .


    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈkæpsəl/


    capsule ( plural: capsules )

    1. ( physiology ) A membranous envelope .
    2. ( botany ) A type of simple, dehiscent, dry fruit ( seed-case ) produced by many species of flowering plants, such as poppy, lily, orchid, willow and cotton .
    3. ( botany ) A sporangium, especially in bryophytes.
    4. A detachable part of rocket or spacecraft ( usually in the nose ) containing crew's living space .
    5. ( pharmacy ) A small container containing a dose of medicine .
    6. ( dialectal ) A weasel, in Suffolk slang .
    7. ( attributively, figuratively ) in a brief, condensed or compact form


Explanation of capsule by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. put in a short or concise form

    2. enclose in a capsule

    1. a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside

    2. a small container

    3. a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency

    4. a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space

    5. a structure that encloses a body part

    6. a shortened version of a written work

    7. a dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses

    Definition of capsule by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Capsule ( kăpsūl ), 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.”

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

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

      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.

      5. A metallic seal or cover for closing a bottle.

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

      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.