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capsula

(kăpsə-lə)
n. pl. cap•su•lae (-lē′)
  1. A membranous structure, usually dense collagenous connective tissue, that envelops an organ, joint, or other part.
  2. An anatomical structure resembling a capsule or envelope.
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