[ kap-suhl, -sool, -syool ]
/ ˈkæp səl, -sul, -syul /
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verb (used with object), cap·suled, cap·sul·ing.

to furnish with or enclose in or as if in a capsule; encapsulate.


small and compact.
short and concise; brief and summarized: a capsule report.



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Origin of capsule

First recorded in 1645–55; 1950–55 for def. 5; from French or directly from Latin capsula, equivalent to caps(a) “box” + -ula diminutive suffix; see origin at case2, -ule


un·cap·suled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for capsule

/ (ˈkæpsjuːl) /


Word Origin for capsule

C17: from French, from Latin capsula, diminutive of capsa box
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Medical definitions for capsule

[ kăpsəl, -sōōl ]


A fibrous, membranous, or fatty sheath that encloses an organ or part, such as the sac surrounding the kidney or the fibrous tissues that surround a joint.
A small soluble container, usually made of gelatin, that encloses a dose of an oral medicine or a vitamin.
The thin-walled, spore-containing structure of mosses and related plants.

Other words from capsule

capsu•lar (kăpsə-lər) adj.
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Scientific definitions for capsule

[ kăpsəl, -sōōl ]

A dry dehiscent fruit that develops from two or more carpels, as in the poppy and the cottonwood tree.
The sporangium (the hollow spore-producing structure) of mosses and other bryophytes.
The outer layer of viscous polysaccharide or polypeptide slime with which some bacteria cover their cell walls. Capsules provide defense against phagocytes and prevent the bacteria from drying out.
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