Anatomy. a dilated portion of a canal or duct, especially of the semicircular canals of the ear.
Zoology, Botany. any flask-shaped structure.
a vessel for the wine and water used at the altar.
a vessel for holding consecrated oil.
a two-handled bottle having a somewhat globular shape, made of glass or earthenware, used by the ancient Romans for holding oil, wine, or perfumes.
Ichthyology. ampulla of Lorenzini.
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How to use ampulla in a sentence
Sharks, rays and their relatives can detect tiny electric fields, thanks to bulbous organs concentrated near their heads called ampullae of Lorenzini.These devices use an electric field to scare sharks from fishing hooks | Darren Incorvaia | November 21, 2022 | Science News
Straightway there descends a dove white as snow, bearing in its beak an ampulla full of chrism sent from heaven.
The holy ampulla containing it is kept in the church of Saint Remi at Reims.
And by God's grace on the day of the King's anointing this ampulla is always found full.
If an ampulla be inflated and then pressed, the corresponding tube-foot will be seen to extend.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide | Augusta Foote Arnold
The chief sign of the Canterbury pilgrimage was an ampul or ampulla or flask of lead or pewter.A Handbook of Pictorial History | Henry W. Donald
British Dictionary definitions for ampulla
anatomy the dilated end part of certain ducts or canals, such as the end of a uterine tube
a vessel for containing the wine and water used at the Eucharist
a small flask for containing consecrated oil
a Roman two-handled bottle for oil, wine, or perfume
- ampullaceous (ˌæmpʊˈleɪʃəs) or ampullaceal, adjective
- ampullar (æmˈpʊlə) or ampullary (æmˈpʊlərɪ), adjective
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