bursa

[ 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 bursa

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 of bursa

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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Medical 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.

Other words from bursa

bursal adj.
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Scientific 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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Cultural 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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