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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
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encapsulation, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for encapsulation


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 encapsulation

1860, from encapsulate + -ion.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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encapsulation 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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encapsulation in Technology

1. The technique used by layered protocols in which a layer adds header information to the protocol data unit (PDU) from the layer above. As an example, in Internet terminology, a packet would contain a header from the physical layer, followed by a header from the network layer (IP), followed by a header from the transport layer (TCP), followed by the application protocol data.
2. The ability to provide users with a well-defined interface to a set of functions in a way which hides their internal workings. In object-oriented programming, the technique of keeping together data structures and the methods (procedures) which act on them.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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