- Anatomy, Zoology. a pouch, sac, or vesicle, especially a sac containing synovia, to facilitate motion, as between a tendon and a bone.
Origin of bursa
Examples from the Web for bursal
Not if she could help it; but there's no beds, since Mr. Bursal and Miss Bursal's come.
That's Bursal, mind now, whom I mean to allude to in this verse.
I can't, for the soul of me, bring myself to say that Bursal's not purse-proud, and you can.
Mr. Bursal, can you inform me why Joe, my groom, does not make his appearance?
Sure, there's Wheeler, and Bursal along with him, canvassing out yonder at a terrible fine rate.
- a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between movable parts of the body, esp at joints
- zoology any saclike cavity or structure
- a city in NW Turkey: founded in the 2nd century bc; seat of Bithynian kings. Pop: 1 413 000 (2005 est)Former name: Brusa
Word Origin and History for bursal
by 1788 as an English word in physiology, shortened from medieval Latin bursa mucosa "mucus pouch," from Medieval Latin bursa "bag, purse," from Late Latin bursa, variant of byrsa "hide," from Greek byrsa "hide, skin, wineskin, drum," of unknown origin; cf. purse (n.).
- A sac or saclike bodily cavity, especially one containing a viscous lubricating fluid and located between a tendon and a bone or at points of friction between moving structures.
- A flattened sac containing a lubricating fluid that reduces friction between two moving structures in the body, as a tendon and a bone.