bursa

[ 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.

Origin of bursa

1795–1805; < New Latin, Late Latin bursa a bag, pouch, purse < Greek býrsa a skin, hide

Related forms

bur·sal, adjectivebur·sate [bur-seyt] /ˈbɜr seɪt/, adjectivepost·bur·sal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bursal (1 of 2)

bursa

/ (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

bursal, adjective

Word Origin for bursa

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

British Dictionary definitions for bursal (2 of 2)

Bursa

/ (ˈbɜːsə) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for bursal

bursa

[ bûrsə ]

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.

Related forms

bursal adj.
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Science definitions for bursal

bursa

[ bûrsə ]

Plural bursae (bûr) 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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Culture definitions for bursal

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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