Definitions for: Capsule

[n] a pill in the form of a small rounded container with medicine inside
[n] a small container (as one holding electronic equipment)
[n] a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute
[n] a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
[n] a structure that encloses a body part
[n] a shortened version of a written work
[n] a dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses
[v] put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume; "capsulize the news"
[v] enclose in a capsule

Webster (1913) Definition: Cap"sule, n. [L. capsula a little box or chest, fr.
capsa chest, case, fr. capere to take, contain: cf. F.
1. (Bot.) a dry fruit or pod which is made up of several
parts or carpels, and opens to discharge the seeds, as,
the capsule of the poppy, the flax, the lily, etc.

2. (Chem.)
(a) A small saucer of clay for roasting or melting samples
of ores, etc.; a scorifier.
(b) a small, shallow, evaporating dish, usually of

3. (Med.) A small cylindrical or spherical gelatinous
envelope in which nauseous or acrid doses are inclosed to
be swallowed.

4. (Anat.) A membranous sac containing fluid, or investing an
organ or joint; as, the capsule of the lens of the eye.
Also, a capsulelike organ.

5. A metallic seal or cover for closing a bottle.

6. A small cup or shell, as of metal, for a percussion cap,
cartridge, etc.

Atrabiliary capsule. See under Atrabiliary.

Glisson's capsule, a membranous envelope, entering the
liver along with the portal vessels and insheathing the
latter in their course through the organ.

Suprarenal capsule, an organ of unknown function, above or
in front of each kidney.

Synonyms: abridgement, abridgment, capsulate, capsulise, capsulise, capsulize, capsulize, condensation, ejection seat, ejector seat, encapsulate, space capsule

See Also: anatomical structure, ballistic capsule, bilocular capsule, bodily structure, body structure, boll, cockpit, complex body part, concentrate, condense, container, enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, eyeball, lozenge, malpighian body, malpighian corpuscle, orb, pericarp, peristome, pill, renal corpuscle, seat, seed vessel, siliqua, silique, space vehicle, spacecraft, structure, summary, tablet, wrap

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