[ 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
Other definitions for bursa (2 of 2)
[ boor-sah ]
/ burˈsɑ /
a city in NW Turkey in Asia: a former capital of the Ottoman Empire.
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British Dictionary definitions for bursa (1 of 2)
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
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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Medical definitions for bursa
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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Scientific definitions for bursa
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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Cultural definitions for bursa
A fluid-filled sac or cavity that reduces friction between the bones, ligaments, and tendons in the body's joints.
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