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noun (pl) -la (-lə)
(anatomy) an enlarged knoblike structure at the end of a bone that forms an articulation with another bone; capitulum
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, diminutive of capitulum
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  • Of this base (capitellum), two parts mixed with one part of olive oil form the sapo saracenicus.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson
  • This sphere of refractive material he calls the 'capitellum' of the chordotonal thread.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
capitellum in Medicine

capitellum cap·i·tel·lum (kāp'ĭ-těl'əm)
n. pl. cap·i·tel·la (-těl'ə)

  1. Capitulum.

  2. The rounded protuberance at the lower end of the humerus that articulates with the radius.

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