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capita

[kap-i-tuh]
noun
  1. plural of caput.
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caput

[key-puh t, kap-uh t]
noun, plural ca·pi·ta [kap-i-tuh] /ˈkæp ɪ tə/. Anatomy.
  1. any head or headlike expansion on a structure, as on a bone.
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Origin of caput

1640–50; < Latin: head

per capita

[per kap-i-tuh]
adjective, adverb
  1. by or for each individual person: income per capita.
  2. Law. noting or pertaining to a method of dividing an estate by which all those equally related to the decedent take equal shares individually without regard to the number of lines of descent.Compare per stirpes.
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Origin of per capita

1675–85; < Latin: literally, by heads
Can be confusedper annum per capita per diem
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Examples from the Web for capita

Historical Examples of capita

  • I have in mind the experience of a capita on the "Comte de Flandre."

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

  • In the early hours of the afternoon they re-embarked, the capita of the village coming to the beach to see them off.

  • I fear I am somewhat of a heretic with regard to the evidential value of folk-tales regarded as capita mortua of anthropology.

  • When a man, whether he was capita or slave, by his bad example endangered the peace of his country, Sanders fell upon him.

  • In the Congo every group of native workmen is in charge of a capita, who would be designated a foreman in this country.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson


British Dictionary definitions for capita

capita

noun
  1. See per capita
  2. anatomy the plural of caput
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caput

noun plural capita (ˈkæpɪtə)
  1. anatomy a technical name for the head
  2. the main or most prominent part of an organ or structure
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Word Origin for caput

C18: from Latin

per capita

adjective, adverb
  1. of or for each person
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Word Origin for per capita

Latin, literally: according to heads
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Word Origin and History for capita

per capita

Latin, literally "by the head," from per (see per) + capita "head" (see capital).

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caput

n.

"head," in various senses, from Latin caput (see capitulum).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

capita in Medicine

caput

(kăput, -ət)
n. pl. cap•i•ta (kăpĭ-tə)
  1. The head.
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capita in Culture

per capita

[(puhr kap-i-tuh)]

A Latin phrase literally meaning “by heads,” and translated as “for each person.” It is a common unit for expressing data in statistics. A country's per capita personal income, for example, is the average personal income per person.

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