|1.||a soluble case of gelatine enclosing a dose of medicine|
|2.||a thin metal cap, seal, or cover, such as the foil covering the cork of a wine bottle|
|a. a dry fruit that liberates its seeds by splitting, as in the violet, or through pores, as in the poppy|
|b. the spore-producing organ of mosses and liverworts|
|4.||bacteriol a gelatinous layer of polysaccharide or protein surrounding the cell wall of some bacteria: thought to be responsible for the virulence in pathogens|
|a. a cartilaginous, fibrous, or membranous envelope surrounding any of certain organs or parts|
|b. a broad band of white fibres (internal capsule) near the thalamus in each cerebral hemisphere|
|6.||See space capsule|
|7.||an aeroplane cockpit that can be ejected in a flight emergency, complete with crew, instruments, etc|
|8.||(modifier) in a highly concise form: a capsule summary|
|9.||(modifier) (in the fashion industry) consisting of a few important representative items: a capsule collection|
|[C17: from French, from Latin capsula, diminutive of capsa box]|
capsule cap·sule (kāp'səl, -sōōl)
A fibrous, membranous, or fatty sheath that encloses an organ or part, such as the sac surrounding the kidney or the fibrous tissues that surround a joint.
A small soluble container, usually made of gelatin, that encloses a dose of an oral medicine or a vitamin.
The thin-walled, spore-containing structure of mosses and related plants.
|capsule (kāp'səl, -sl) Pronunciation Key