caput

[ key-puh t, kap-uh t ]
/ ˈkeɪ pət, ˈkæp ət /
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noun, plural ca·pi·ta [kap-i-tuh] /ˈkæp ɪ tə/. Anatomy.

any head or headlike expansion on a structure, as on a bone.

Nearby words

  1. capuana,
  2. capuche,
  3. capuchin,
  4. capuchins,
  5. capulet,
  6. caput medusae,
  7. caput succedaneum,
  8. capybara,
  9. caqueteuse,
  10. caquetoire

Origin of caput

1640–50; < Latin: head

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British Dictionary definitions for caput

caput

/ (ˈkeɪpət, ˈkæp-) /

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

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Word Origin and History for caput

caput

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for caput

caput

[ kăput, -ət ]

n. pl. cap•i•ta (kăpĭ-tə)

The head.

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