[key-puh t, kap-uh t]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for caput

"head," in various senses, from Latin caput (see capitulum).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

caput in Medicine


[kăput, -ət]

n. pl. cap•i•ta (kăpĭ-tə)

The head.
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