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bursa

[bur-suh] /ˈbɜr sə/
noun, plural bursae
[bur-see] /ˈbɜr si/ (Show IPA),
bursas.
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. a pouch, sac, or vesicle, especially a sac containing synovia, to facilitate motion, as between a tendon and a bone.
Origin of bursa
1795-1805
1795-1805; < New Latin, Late Latin bursa a bag, pouch, purse < Greek býrsa a skin, hide
Related forms
bursal, adjective
bursate
[bur-seyt] /ˈbɜr seɪt/ (Show IPA),
adjective
postbursal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bursal
Historical Examples
  • Sure, there's Wheeler, and bursal along with him, canvassing out yonder at a terrible fine rate.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • Mr. bursal, can you inform me why Joe, my groom, does not make his appearance?

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • Syphilitic disease is rarely recognised except in the form of bursal and peri-bursal gummata in front of the knee-joint.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • I can't, for the soul of me, bring myself to say that bursal's not purse-proud, and you can.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • Not if she could help it; but there's no beds, since Mr. bursal and Miss bursal's come.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • That's bursal, mind now, whom I mean to allude to in this verse.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • Mr. bursal, pray before you go to her ladyship, do send my ooman to me to make me presentable.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • If bursal takes it into his head not to lend me the money to pay for my captain's dress, what will become of me?

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • So your friend Mr. Talbot could not afford to bespeak a dress—(bursal and Wheeler laugh insolently).

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • But do you know that Mr. bursal loses fifty thousand pounds, it is said, by the Airly Castle?

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
British Dictionary definitions for bursal

bursa

/ˈbɜːsə/
noun (pl) -sae (-siː), -sas
1.
a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between movable parts of the body, esp at joints
2.
(zoology) any saclike cavity or structure
Derived Forms
bursal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin: bag, pouch, from Greek: skin, hide; see purse

Bursa

/ˈbɜːsə/
noun
1.
a city in NW Turkey: founded in the 2nd century bc; seat of Bithynian kings. Pop: 1 413 000 (2005 est) Former name Brusa
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Word Origin and History for bursal

bursa

n.

by 1788 as an English word in physiology, shortened from medieval Latin bursa mucosa "mucus pouch," from Medieval Latin bursa "bag, purse," from Late Latin bursa, variant of byrsa "hide," from Greek byrsa "hide, skin, wineskin, drum," of unknown origin; cf. purse (n.).

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bursal in Medicine

bursa bur·sa (bûr'sə)
n. pl. bur·sas or bur·sae (-sē)
A sac or saclike bodily cavity, especially one containing a viscous lubricating fluid and located between a tendon and a bone or at points of friction between moving structures.


bur'sal adj.
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bursal in Science
bursa
  (bûr'sə)   
Plural bursae (bûr'sē) or bursas
A flattened sac containing a lubricating fluid that reduces friction between two moving structures in the body, as a tendon and a bone.
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bursal in Culture
bursa [(bur-suh)]

A fluid-filled sac or cavity that reduces friction between the bones, ligaments, and tendons in the body's joints.

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