- Anatomy, Zoology. a pouch, sac, or vesicle, especially a sac containing synovia, to facilitate motion, as between a tendon and a bone.
Origin of bursa
- a city in NW Turkey in Asia: a former capital of the Ottoman Empire.
Related Words for bursapocketbook, pocket, wallet, bag, handbag, pouch, cyst, crater, poke, hide, leather, clutch, frame, sack, receptacle, bursa, carryall, lizard, moneybag, billfold
Examples from the Web for bursa
Historical Examples of bursa
I feel sure you are glad about Bursa, but your congratulations are too half-hearted.The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1
Marcus Tullius Cicero
In consequence, they notified to me that we must separate, and I was obliged to set off for Bursa.
It was at Bursa that I ate, for the first time, caviare and olive oil.
They made their way to Bamberg, but there was no room for them in the Bursa.The Age of Erasmus
P. S. Allen
The chief of this caravan was called Hoyarbarach; he was a native of Bursa, and one of its principal inhabitants.
- a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between movable parts of the body, esp at joints
- zoology any saclike cavity or structure
Word Origin for bursa
- a city in NW Turkey: founded in the 2nd century bc; seat of Bithynian kings. Pop: 1 413 000 (2005 est)Former name: Brusa
by 1788 as an English word in physiology, shortened from medieval Latin bursa mucosa "mucus pouch," from Medieval Latin bursa "bag, purse," from Late Latin bursa, variant of byrsa "hide," from Greek byrsa "hide, skin, wineskin, drum," of unknown origin; cf. purse (n.).
- 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.
- A flattened sac containing a lubricating fluid that reduces friction between two moving structures in the body, as a tendon and a bone.