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bursa

[bur-suh]
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noun, plural bur·sae [bur-see] /ˈbɜr si/, bur·sas.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. a pouch, sac, or vesicle, especially a sac containing synovia, to facilitate motion, as between a tendon and a bone.
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Origin of bursa

1795–1805; < New Latin, Late Latin bursa a bag, pouch, purse < Greek býrsa a skin, hide
Related formsbur·sal, adjectivebur·sate [bur-seyt] /ˈbɜr seɪt/, adjectivepost·bur·sal, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Not if she could help it; but there's no beds, since Mr. Bursal and Miss Bursal's come.

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    Maria Edgeworth

  • That's Bursal, mind now, whom I mean to allude to in this verse.

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    Maria Edgeworth

  • I can't, for the soul of me, bring myself to say that Bursal's not purse-proud, and you can.

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    Maria Edgeworth

  • Mr. Bursal, can you inform me why Joe, my groom, does not make his appearance?

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  • Sure, there's Wheeler, and Bursal along with him, canvassing out yonder at a terrible fine rate.

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    Maria Edgeworth


British Dictionary definitions for bursal

bursa

noun plural -sae (-siː) or -sas
  1. a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between movable parts of the body, esp at joints
  2. zoology any saclike cavity or structure
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Derived Formsbursal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Medieval Latin: bag, pouch, from Greek: skin, hide; see purse

Bursa

noun
  1. a city in NW Turkey: founded in the 2nd century bc; seat of Bithynian kings. Pop: 1 413 000 (2005 est)Former name: Brusa
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Word Origin and History for bursal

bursa

n.

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.).

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bursal in Medicine

bursa

(bûrsə)
n. pl. bur•sas
  1. 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.
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Related formsbursal adj.
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bursal in Science

bursa

[bûrsə]
Plural bursae (bûr) bursas
  1. A flattened sac containing a lubricating fluid that reduces friction between two moving structures in the body, as a tendon and a bone.
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bursal in Culture

bursa

[(bur-suh)]

A fluid-filled sac or cavity that reduces friction between the bones, ligaments, and tendons in the body's joints.

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