Definition of Bulla

1. Noun. (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid.

Exact synonyms: Bleb, Blister
Generic synonyms: Cyst, Vesicle
Category relationships: Pathology
Specialized synonyms: Water Blister, Blood Blister, Pustule
Derivative terms: Blebby, Blister, Blistery

2. Noun. The round leaden seal affixed to a papal bull.
Generic synonyms: Seal, Stamp

Definition of Bulla

1. n. A bleb; a vesicle, or an elevation of the cuticle, containing a transparent watery fluid.

Definition of Bulla

1. Noun. (medicine) A blister, vesicle, or other thin-walled cavity or lesion. ¹

2. Noun. (archaeology) A clay envelope or hollow ball, typ. with seal impressions or writing on its outside indicating its contents. ¹

3. Noun. (historical) In ancient Rome, a kind of amulet or boss. ¹

4. Noun. Later, handwritten document from the papal chancellery. ¹

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Definition of Bulla

1. a large blister [n -LAE]

Medical Definition of Bulla

1. Origin: L. Bulla bubble. See Bull an edict. 1. A bleb; a vesicle, or an elevation of the cuticle, containing a transparent watery fluid. 2. The ovoid prominence below the opening of the ear in the skulls of many animals; as, the tympanic or auditory bulla. 3. A leaden seal for a document; especially. The round leaden seal attached to the papal bulls, which has on one side a representation of St. Peter and St. Paul, and on the other the name of the pope who uses it. 4. A genus of marine shells. See Bubble shell. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bulla

bull ropes
bull session
bull sessions
bull shark
bull sharks
bull snake
bull terrier
bull terriers
bull thistle
bull thistles
bull through
bull tongue
bull trap
bull traps
bull trout
bulla (current term)
bulla ethmoidalis
bulla tympanica
bullace grape

Literary usage of Bulla

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria by Royal Society of Victoria (1902)
"bulla australis, Gray. King's Survey of Australia, vol. ii., appendix, p. 490, No. ... bulla australis, von. Martens. Critical List of NZ Moll, p. 38. 1877. ..."

2. Anatomical Technology as Applied to the Domestic Cat: An Introduction to by Burt Green Wilder, Simon Henry Gage (1882)
"bulla timpanica—The auditory or tympanic bulla.—The bulla is a hollow ... The bony partition dividing the interior of the bulla into two unequal chambers. ..."

3. Book-prices Current: A Record of Prices at which Books Have Been Sold at Auction (1899)
"Confirmatoria Bulle Sixti IV. de Testando, lit. goth., 1507—bulla in Cena ... 1516—bulla Leonis X. Privilegiorum Francorum Regi et Galice Nation! loco ..."

4. Colonial Records of Pennsylvania by Samuel Hazard (1853)
"... signed by Thomas bulla, an attainted traitor, and representing that a certain Stephen Anderson and John Jackson, also attainted traitors, ..."

5. The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine by Edward Hungerford Goddard, Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (1878)
"It seems probable that the bulla may have been shot down upon this spot ... By the term bulla is here meant, not the classical bulla, or hollow ball of gold ..."

6. Sussex Archaeological Collections Relating to the History and Antiquities of by Sussex Archaeological Society (1898)
"THE PAPAL "bulla" FOUND AT LEWES. A melancholy interest attaches to the following ... Arrangements were being made for a comparison of the bulla when, ..."

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