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capitulum

[kuh-pich-uh-luh m]
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noun, plural ca·pit·u·la [kuh-pich-uh-luh] /kəˈpɪtʃ ə lə/.
  1. Biology. any globose or knoblike part, as a flower head or the head of a bone.
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Origin of capitulum

1715–25; < Latin, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ulum, neuter of -ulus -ule
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Examples from the Web for capitula

Historical Examples

  • Laws of the empire of Charlemagne, divided into Capitula or chapters.

    Catholic World, Vol. XI, April 1870-September 1870

    Various

  • The ribs have capitula and tubercula, and sternal ribs often occur.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The ribs are long, and the anterior ones have capitula and tubercula.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • Capitula squamosa jac mula: "little scaley (or imbricated) heads resembling the heads of Jacea" (Black Knapweed).

  • (d. 731), of which thirty-five are forged and others contain many interpolations; and, finally, the Capitula Angilramni.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick


British Dictionary definitions for capitula

capitulum

noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. a racemose inflorescence in the form of a disc of sessile flowers, the youngest at the centre. It occurs in the daisy and related plants
  2. anatomy zoology a headlike part, esp the enlarged knoblike terminal part of a long bone, antenna, etc
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin, literally: a little head, from caput head
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Word Origin and History for capitula

capitulum

n.

used in various senses in English; Latin, literally "little head," diminutive of caput "head," also "leader, guide, chief person; summit; capital city; origin, source, spring," figuratively "life, physical life;" in writing "a division, paragraph;" of money, "the principal sum," from PIE *kaput- "head" (see head (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

capitula in Medicine

capitulum

(kə-pĭchə-ləm)
n. pl. ca•pit•u•la (-lə)
  1. A small head or rounded articular extremity of a bone.
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Related formsca•pitu•lar adj.
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capitula in Science

capitulum

[kə-pĭchə-ləm]
Plural capitula
  1. A small knob or head-shaped part, such as a protuberance of a bone or the tip of an insect's antenna.
  2. An inflorescence consisting of a compact mass of small stalkless flowers, as in the English daisy. The yellow central portion of the capitulum of a daisy consists of disk flowers, while the outer white, petallike structures are actually ray flowers. The capitulum is the characteristic inflorescence of the composite family (Asteraceae) of flowering plants.
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