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noun, plural an·sae [an-see] /ˈæn si/.
  1. Archaeology. a looped handle, especially of a vase.
  2. Astronomy. either of the apparent extremities of the rings of Saturn or of other planets, especially when viewed from the earth or from spacecraft under certain conditions, when they look like two handles.
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Origin of ansa

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1655–65
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  • Desiderius and his wife Ansa endowed this convent with landed property which spread over all the Lombard kingdom.

  • One ansa, indeed, is sometimes visible without the other, and most commonly it is the Eastern one that is missing.

ansa in Medicine


n. pl. an•sae (-sē)
  1. An anatomical structure shaped like a loop or an arc.
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