Definition of Capsule

1. Noun. A small container.

Generic synonyms: Container
Specialized synonyms: Paintball
Derivative terms: Capsular

2. Verb. Enclose in a capsule.
Exact synonyms: Capsulate, Capsulise, Capsulize
Generic synonyms: Enclose, Enfold, Envelop, Enwrap, Wrap

3. Noun. A pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside.
Generic synonyms: Lozenge, Pill, Tab, Tablet
Derivative terms: Capsular, Capsulate

4. Verb. Put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume. "Capsulize the news"
Exact synonyms: Capsulise, Capsulize, Encapsulate
Generic synonyms: Concentrate, Condense, Digest

5. Noun. A dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses.
Generic synonyms: Pericarp, Seed Vessel
Specialized synonyms: Bilocular Capsule, Boll, Siliqua, Silique
Terms within: Peristome
Derivative terms: Capsular

6. Noun. A shortened version of a written work.
Exact synonyms: Abridgement, Abridgment, Condensation
Generic synonyms: Sum-up, Summary
Derivative terms: Abridge, Capsulise, Capsulize, Condense

7. Noun. A structure that encloses a body part.

8. Noun. A spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space.
Exact synonyms: Space Capsule
Generic synonyms: Ballistic Capsule, Space Vehicle, Spacecraft

9. Noun. A pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute.
Exact synonyms: Ejection Seat, Ejector Seat
Group relationships: Cockpit
Generic synonyms: Seat

Definition of Capsule

1. n. 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.

Definition of Capsule

1. Noun. (physiology) A membranous envelope. ¹

2. Noun. (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. ¹

3. Noun. (botany) A sporangium, especially in bryophytes. ¹

4. Noun. A detachable part of rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing crew's living space. ¹

5. Noun. (pharmacy) A small container containing a dose of medicine. ¹

6. Noun. (dialectal) A weasel, in Suffolk slang. ¹

7. Noun. (attributively figuratively) in a brief, condensed or compact form ¹

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Definition of Capsule

1. to condense into a brief form [v -SULED, -SULING, -SULES]

Medical Definition of Capsule

1. Thick gel like material attached to the wall of gram-positive or gram-negative bacteria, giving colonies a smooth appearance. May contribute to pathogenicity by inhibiting phagocytosis. Mostly composed of very hydrophilic acidic polysaccharide, but considerable diversity exists. Cellular response in invertebrate animals to a foreign body too large to be phagocytosed. A multicellular aggregate of haemocytes or coelomocytes isolates the foreign object. In some insects the capsule is apparently acellular and composed of melanin. (08 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Capsule

capsula vasculosa lentis
capsular advancement
capsular antigen
capsular branches of renal artery
capsular cataract
capsular cirrhosis of liver
capsular flap pyeloplasty
capsular glaucoma
capsular ligament
capsular precipitation reaction
capsular space
capsule (current term)
capsule cell
capsule forceps

Literary usage of Capsule

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Manual of the Mosses of North America by Leo Lesquereux, Thomas Potts James (1884)
"Plant, calyptra, capsule with operculum, and two 2-cleft and two teeth of the ... Plant, calyptra, capsule and operculum together with the pedicel and ..."

2. Gray's New Manual of Botany: A Handbook of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of by Asa Gray, Benjamin Lincoln Robinson, Merritt Lyndon Fernald (1908)
"Roo ROSH capsule 8-celled, or 1-celled by the placentae not reaching the axis. ... capsule truncate or emarginate at tip. without a distinct muero. ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Thus, immediately above the internal capsule, a hemiplegia would be caused by a ... Lesions of the Motor Fibers of the Internal capsule The internal capsule ..."

4. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1913)
"Lowest leaf of inflorescence not four lengths of the panicle ; capsule oblong ... capsule as long as the perianth or longer. capsule much shorter than the ..."

5. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1899)
"77(e Malpighian capsule. Each tubule begins as we have said in a globular expansion, having in man a diameter of about 200 p, the Malpighian capsule or ..."

6. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1880)
"capsule erect. Peristome of 16 short horizontal teeth. ... capsule more or less nodding. Peristome of 16 oblique teeth and 16 cilia opposite them. ..."

7. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1893)
"The Crystalline Lens and its capsule. The crystalline lens, enclosed in its capsule, ... The capsule of the lens is a transparent, highly elastic, ..."

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