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vesica

[vuh-sahy-kuh, -see-kuh, ves-i-kuh]
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noun, plural ve·si·cae [vuh-sahy-kee, -see-kee, ves-i-kee,] /vəˈsaɪ ki, -ˈsi ki, ˈvɛs ɪˌki,/.
  1. Anatomy. a bladder.
  2. vesica piscis.

Origin of vesica

First recorded in 1675–85, vesica is from the Latin word vēsīca
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Examples from the Web for vesica

Historical Examples

  • The pointed oval, or vesica, is the conventionalized form of the fish.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester

  • Every Cathedral has its Vesica Piscis, often of enormous dimensions.

  • In the sky is a pretty Madonna and Child in a vesica surrounded by angels.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

  • Mandorla, man-dor′la, n. an oval panel, or a work of art filling such: the vesica piscis.

  • Its form is that of the vesica piscis, one of the most common emblems of the yoni.


British Dictionary definitions for vesica

vesica

noun plural -cae (-ˌsiː)
  1. anatomy a technical name for bladder (def. 1)
  2. (in medieval sculpture and painting) an aureole in the shape of a pointed oval

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: bladder, sac, blister
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vesica in Medicine

vesica

(və-sīkə, -sē-, vĕsĭ-kə)
n. pl. ve•si•cae (-kē, -sē)
  1. A bladder, especially the urinary bladder or the gallbladder.
  2. A hollow structure or sac containing a serous fluid.
Related formsvesi•cal (vĕsĭ-kəl) adj.
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