Anatomy, Zoology. a pouch, sac, or vesicle, especially a sac containing synovia, to facilitate motion, as between a tendon and a bone.
- bursal, adjective
- bur·sate [bur-seyt], /ˈbɜr seɪt/, adjective
- post·bur·sal, adjective
Other definitions for Bursa (2 of 2)
a city in NW Turkey in Asia: a former capital of the Ottoman Empire.
- Also Brusa.
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How to use bursa in a sentence
The chief of this caravan was called Hoyarbarach; he was a native of bursa, and one of its principal inhabitants.Early Travels in Palestine | Arculf et al.
She came up out of the stern like some hibernating brown animal of the bursa family.The Messenger | Elizabeth Robins
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.
British Dictionary definitions for bursa (1 of 2)
a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between movable parts of the body, esp at joints
zoology any saclike cavity or structure
- bursal, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Bursa (2 of 2)
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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Scientific definitions for bursa
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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Cultural definitions for bursa
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