capita

[ kap-i-tuh ]
/ ˈkæp ɪ tə /

noun

plural of caput.

Definition for capita (2 of 3)

caput

[ key-puh t, kap-uh t ]
/ ˈkeɪ pət, ˈkæp ət /

noun, plural ca·pi·ta [kap-i-tuh] /ˈkæp ɪ tə/. Anatomy.

any head or headlike expansion on a structure, as on a bone.

Origin of caput

1640–50; < Latin: head

Definition for capita (3 of 3)

per capita

[ per kap-i-tuh ]
/ pər ˈkæp ɪ tə /

adjective, adverb

by or for each individual person: income per capita.
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.

Origin of per capita

1675–85; < Latin: literally, by heads

Can be confused

per annum per capita per diem
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British Dictionary definitions for capita (1 of 3)

capita

/ (ˈkæpɪtə) /

noun

anatomy the plural of caput

British Dictionary definitions for capita (2 of 3)

caput

/ (ˈkeɪpət, ˈkæp-) /

noun plural capita (ˈkæpɪtə)

anatomy a technical name for the head
the main or most prominent part of an organ or structure

Word Origin for caput

C18: from Latin

British Dictionary definitions for capita (3 of 3)

per capita

/ (pə ˈkæpɪtə) /

adjective, adverb

of or for each person

Word Origin for per capita

Latin, literally: according to heads
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Medicine definitions for capita

caput

[ kăput, -ət ]

n. pl. cap•i•ta (kăpĭ-tə)

The head.
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Culture definitions for capita

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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