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[en-kap-suh-leyt, -syoo-] /ɛnˈkæp səˌleɪt, -syʊ-/
verb (used with object), encapsulated, encapsulating.
to place in or as if in a capsule.
to summarize or condense.
verb (used without object), encapsulated, encapsulating.
to become enclosed in or as if in a capsule.
Origin of encapsulate
1860-65; en-1 + capsulate
Related forms
encapsulation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for encapsulated
  • People with old spinal cord injuries have torn and detached tissues that have been encapsulated by scar tissue.
  • In either case, these encapsulated bubbles will be tethered to the noise source, and will be reusable.
  • As the container gets radioactive, from the inside out it needs to be either encapsulated by newer material or replaced.
  • He cuts neatly around the encapsulated tumor, looking for the point of attachment.
  • Not traditional steel framed reinforced by steel encapsulated by concrete.
  • The sublime has been encapsulated in a fixed set of words-and that particular combination is neither negotiable nor mutable.
  • All this is encapsulated within further layers to ensure that it is electrically isolated.
  • Speed upgrades are usually encapsulated in a different version number or sometimes letter.
  • In the end, the two parties' differences have come to be encapsulated in the saga of the new presidential palace.
  • But these materials are vulnerable to moisture, making it critical that they are completely and permanently encapsulated.
British Dictionary definitions for encapsulated


to enclose or be enclosed in or as if in a capsule
(transitive) to sum up in a short or concise form; condense; abridge
Derived Forms
encapsulation, incapsulation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encapsulated



1874, from en- (1) "make, put in" + capsulate (see capsule). Related: Encapsulated; encapsulating.

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encapsulated in Medicine

encapsulate en·cap·su·late (ěn-kāp'sə-lāt')
v. en·cap·su·lat·ed, en·cap·su·lat·ing, en·cap·su·lates

  1. To form a capsule or sheath around.

  2. To become encapsulated.

en·cap'su·la'tion n.
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