[en-kap-suh-leyt, -syoo-]
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verb (used without object), en·cap·su·lat·ed, en·cap·su·lat·ing.
  1. to become enclosed in or as if in a capsule.

Origin of encapsulate

First recorded in 1860–65; en-1 + capsulate
Related formsen·cap·su·la·tion, noun
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  1. to enclose or be enclosed in or as if in a capsule
  2. (tr) to sum up in a short or concise form; condense; abridge
Derived Formsencapsulation or incapsulation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encapsulated



1874, from en- (1) "make, put in" + capsulate (see capsule). Related: Encapsulated; encapsulating.

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encapsulated in Medicine


  1. To form a capsule or sheath around.
  2. To become encapsulated.
Related formsen•cap′su•lation n.
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