- 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
Related Words for bursaepocketbook, pocket, wallet, bag, handbag, pouch, cyst, crater, poke, hide, leather, clutch, frame, sack, receptacle, bursa, carryall, lizard, moneybag, billfold
Examples from the Web for bursae
Historical Examples of bursae
In a general way, inflammation and other affections of bursae and thecae are considered very similar to like affections of joints.Lameness of the Horse
John Victor Lacroix
Wounds of bursae should be thoroughly disinfected and drained; they usually heal with obliteration of the sac.
The bursae most commonly involved are the prepatellar and that over the metatarsal joint of the great toe.
Hernial protrusion of a portion of a bursa is sometimes seen after injuries of bursae.
- 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.