[am-puhl-uh, -poo l-uh]
- Anatomy. a dilated portion of a canal or duct, especially of the semicircular canals of the ear.
- Zoology, Botany. any flask-shaped structure.
- a vessel for the wine and water used at the altar.
- a vessel for holding consecrated oil.
- a two-handled bottle having a somewhat globular shape, made of glass or earthenware, used by the ancient Romans for holding oil, wine, or perfumes.
- Ichthyology. ampulla of Lorenzini.
Origin of ampulla
< New Latin, Latin, equivalent to amphor(a) amphora + -la diminutive suffix, with normal vowel reduction and Greek ph rendered as p
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Examples from the Web for ampulla
At the base of each tube-foot there is a globular reservoir, or ampulla.
Ampullaceous, swelling out like a bottle or bladder (ampulla).The Elements of Botany
F—Iron tripod, in which the ampulla is usually placed when there are not many particles of gold to be parted from the silver.De Re Metallica
If an ampulla be inflated and then pressed, the corresponding tube-foot will be seen to extend.
We remember that at the time of the Revolution the ampulla containing the sacred oil was shivered into fragments.
- anatomy the dilated end part of certain ducts or canals, such as the end of a uterine tube
- a vessel for containing the wine and water used at the Eucharist
- a small flask for containing consecrated oil
- a Roman two-handled bottle for oil, wine, or perfume
C16: from Latin, diminutive of amphora
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Word Origin and History for ampulla
late 14c., type of globular ancient Roman vessel; see ampoule.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A dilated portion of a canal or duct, as in the semicircular canal of the ear.
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