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capsule

[ kap-suhl, -sool, -syool ]
/ ˈkæp səl, -sul, -syul /
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noun
verb (used with object), cap·suled, cap·sul·ing.
to furnish with or enclose in or as if in a capsule; encapsulate.
adjective
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

OTHER WORDS FROM capsule

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

capsule
/ (ˈkæpsjuːl) /

noun

Word Origin for capsule

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

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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