[ am-puhl-uh, -pool-uh ]
/ æmˈpʌl ə, -ˈpʊl ə /
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noun, plural am·pul·lae [am-puhl-ee, -pool-ee]. /æmˈpʌl i, -ˈpʊl i/.
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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Origin of ampulla
<New Latin, Latin, equivalent to amphor(a) amphora + -la diminutive suffix, with normal vowel reduction and Greek ph rendered as p
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How to use ampulla in a sentence
E—Other ampullae receiving the distilled aqua and likewise arranged in sand contained in the lower boxes.De Re Metallica|Georgius Agricola
These vessels connect with the urethra by a small duct, at the point where the ampullae do.Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction|T. W. Shannon
Thus impulses may be generated in the nerves of the ampullae.
British Dictionary definitions for ampulla
/ (æmˈpʊlə) /
noun plural -pullae (-ˈpʊliː)
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
Derived forms of ampullaampullaceous (ˌæmpʊˈleɪʃəs) or ampullaceal, adjectiveampullar (æmˈpʊlə) or ampullary (æmˈpʊlərɪ), adjective
Word Origin for ampulla
C16: from Latin, diminutive of amphora
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