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noun, plural bur·sae [bur-see] /ˈbɜr si/, bur·sas.
  1. 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

1795–1805; < New Latin, Late Latin bursa a bag, pouch, purse < Greek býrsa a skin, hide
Related formsbur·sal, adjectivebur·sate [bur-seyt] /ˈbɜr seɪt/, adjectivepost·bur·sal, adjective


  1. a city in NW Turkey in Asia: a former capital of the Ottoman Empire.
Also Brusa.
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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 chief of this caravan was called Hoyarbarach; he was a native of Bursa, and one of its principal inhabitants.

British Dictionary definitions for bursa


noun plural -sae (-siː) or -sas
  1. a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between movable parts of the body, esp at joints
  2. zoology any saclike cavity or structure
Derived Formsbursal, adjective

Word Origin for bursa

C19: from Medieval Latin: bag, pouch, from Greek: skin, hide; see purse


  1. 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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Word Origin and History for bursa

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.).

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bursa in Medicine


n. pl. bur•sas
  1. 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.
Related formsbursal adj.
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bursa in Science


Plural bursae (bûr) bursas
  1. 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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bursa in Culture



A fluid-filled sac or cavity that reduces friction between the bones, ligaments, and tendons in the body's joints.

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