ampulla

ampulla

[am-puhl-uh, -pool-uh]
noun, plural ampullae [am-puhl-ee, -pool-ee] .
1.
Anatomy. a dilated portion of a canal or duct, especially of the semicircular canals of the ear.
2.
Zoology, Botany. any flask-shaped structure.
3.
Ecclesiastical.
a.
a vessel for the wine and water used at the altar.
b.
a vessel for holding consecrated oil.
4.
a two-handled bottle having a somewhat globular shape, made of glass or earthenware, used by the ancient Romans for holding oil, wine, or perfumes.
5.
Ichthyology, ampulla of Lorenzini.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin, Latin, equivalent to amphor(a) amphora + -la diminutive suffix, with normal vowel reduction and Greek ph rendered as p

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ampulla (æmˈpʊlə)
 
n , pl -pullae
1.  anatomy the dilated end part of certain ducts or canals, such as the end of a uterine tube
2.  Christianity
 a.  a vessel for containing the wine and water used at the Eucharist
 b.  a small flask for containing consecrated oil
3.  a Roman two-handled bottle for oil, wine, or perfume
 
[C16: from Latin, diminutive of amphora]
 
ampullaceous
 
adj
 
ampul'laceal
 
adj
 
ampullar
 
adj
 
ampullary
 
adj

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ampulla
late 14c., type of globular ancient Roman vessel, see ampoule.
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ampulla am·pul·la (ām-pul'ə, -pŭl'ə)
n. pl. am·pul·lae (-pul'ē, -pŭl'ē)
A dilated portion of a canal or duct, as in the semicircular canal of the ear.


am·pul'lar adj.
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