plural of caput. Unabridged


[key-puht, kap-uht]
noun, plural capita [kap-i-tuh] . Anatomy.
any head or headlike expansion on a structure, as on a bone.

1640–50; < Latin: head

per capita

[per kap-i-tuh]
by or for each individual person: income per capita.
Law. noting or pertaining to a method of dividing an estate by which all those equally related to the decedent take equal shares individually without regard to the number of lines of descent.
Compare per stirpes.

1675–85; < Latin: literally, by heads

per annum, per capita, per diem. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
capita (ˈkæpɪtə)
1.  See per capita
2.  anatomy the plural of caput

caput (ˈkeɪpət, ˈkæp-)
n , pl capita
1.  anatomy a technical name for the head
2.  the main or most prominent part of an organ or structure
[C18: from Latin]

per capita (pə ˈkæpɪtə)
adj, —adv
of or for each person
[Latin, literally: according to heads]

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Word Origin & History

per capita
1682, from L., lit. "by the head," from per (see per) + capita "head" (see capital).

"head," in various senses, from L. caput (see head).
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Medical Dictionary

caput cap·ut (kāp'ut, -ət)
n. pl. cap·i·ta (kāp'ĭ-tə)
The head.

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Cultural Dictionary
per capita [(puhr kap-i-tuh)]

A Latin phrase literally meaning “by heads,” and translated as “for each person.” It is a common unit for expressing data in statistics. A country's per capita personal income, for example, is the average personal income per person.

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Example sentences
It now leads the nation in the number of green buildings per capita.
Then they compared the data to the country's gross domestic product per capita.
Then, as long as human population grows, per capita output will decline.
And a reduction in per capita output implies a reduction in standard of living.
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