[ bur-suh ]
/ ˈbɜr sə /
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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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How to use bursa in a sentence
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
It may be mentioned that the word Bursae, for Burschen, occurs in stanza v.Wine, Women, and Song|Various
Wounds of bursae should be thoroughly disinfected and drained; they usually heal with obliteration of the sac.
Deep bursae are sometimes connected with the joints, or are in very close relation with them.
The bursae most commonly involved are the prepatellar and that over the metatarsal joint of the great toe.
British Dictionary definitions for bursa (1 of 2)
/ (ˈbɜːsə) /
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)
/ (ˈbɜːsə) /
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
[ bûr′sə ]
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
[ (bur-suh) ]
A fluid-filled sac or cavity that reduces friction between the bones, ligaments, and tendons in the body's joints.
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