noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. anatomy an enlarged knoblike structure at the end of a bone that forms an articulation with another bone; capitulum

Word Origin for capitellum

C19: from Latin, diminutive of capitulum
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Examples from the Web for capitellum

Historical Examples of capitellum

  • Of this base (capitellum), two parts mixed with one part of olive oil form the sapo saracenicus.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson

  • This sphere of refractive material he calls the 'capitellum' of the chordotonal thread.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

capitellum in Medicine


n. pl. cap•i•tel•la (-tĕlə)
  1. Capitulum.
  2. The rounded protuberance at the lower end of the humerus that articulates with the radius.
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