[ bur-suh ]
/ ˈbɜr sə /
noun, plural bur·sae [bur-see], /ˈbɜr si/, bur·sas.
Anatomy, Zoology. a pouch, sac, or vesicle, especially a sac containing synovia, to facilitate motion, as between a tendon and a bone.
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Origin of bursa
1795–1805; <New Latin, Late Latin bursa a bag, pouch, purse <Greek býrsa a skin, hide
OTHER WORDS FROM bursabursal, adjectivebur·sate [bur-seyt], /ˈbɜr seɪt/, adjectivepost·bur·sal, adjective
Words nearby bursa
, burrowing blenny
, burrowing owl
, bursal synovitis
, bursa of Fabricius
, bursa of gastrocnemius
, bursa of semimembranosus
[ boor-sah ]
/ burˈsɑ /
a city in NW Turkey in Asia: a former capital of the Ottoman Empire.
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Example sentences from the Web for bursa
The chief of this caravan was called Hoyarbarach; he was a native of Bursa, and one of its principal inhabitants.
She came up out of the stern like some hibernating brown animal of the bursa family.
The navicular bone and bursa and the tendon of the perforans also suffer from the effects of compression.
The tissues of the bone and bursa are insufficiently nourished, and the secretion of synovia lessened.
Here the plantar aponeurosis, the navicular bursa, the navicular bone itself, or the pedal articulation may be injured.
noun plural -sae (-siː) or -sas
a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between movable parts of the body, esp at joints
zoology any saclike cavity or structure
Derived forms of bursabursal, adjective
Word Origin for bursa
C19: from Medieval Latin: bag, pouch, from Greek: skin, hide; see purse
a city in NW Turkey: founded in the 2nd century bc; seat of Bithynian kings. Pop: 1 413 000 (2005 est)Former name: Brusa
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n. pl. bur•sas
A sac or saclike bodily cavity, especially one containing a viscous lubricating fluid and located between a tendon and a bone or at points of friction between moving structures.
Other words from bursabur′sal adj.
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Plural bursae (bûr′sē) bursas
A flattened sac containing a lubricating fluid that reduces friction between two moving structures in the body, as a tendon and a bone.
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A fluid-filled sac or cavity that reduces friction between the bones, ligaments, and tendons in the body's joints.
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