Definition of Ampulla

1. Noun. The dilated portion of a canal or duct especially of the semicircular canals of the ear.

Generic synonyms: Body Part
Group relationships: Canal, Channel, Duct, Epithelial Duct
Derivative terms: Ampullar, Ampullary

2. Noun. A flask that has two handles; used by Romans for wines or oils.
Generic synonyms: Flask
Derivative terms: Ampullar, Ampullary

Definition of Ampulla

1. n. A narrow-necked vessel having two handles and bellying out like a jug.

Definition of Ampulla

1. Noun. A Roman two-handled vessel. ¹

2. Noun. A vessel for containing consecrated wine or oil. ¹

3. Noun. (anatomy) The dilated end of a duct. ¹

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Definition of Ampulla

1. a globular bottle used in ancient Rome [n -LAE] : AMPULLAR [adj]

Medical Definition of Ampulla

1. Origin: L. 1. A narrow-necked vessel having two handles and bellying out like a jug. 2. A cruet for the wine and water at Mass. The vase in which the holy oil for chrism, unction, or coronation is kept. 3. Any membranous bag shaped like a leathern bottle, as the dilated end of a vessel or duct; especially the dilations of the semicircular canals of the ear. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ampulla

amplitude of convergence
amplitude of pulse
amplitude spectroscopy
amprotropine phosphate
ampulla (current term)
ampulla canaliculi lacrimalis
ampulla chyli
ampulla ductus lacrimalis
ampulla duodeni
ampulla hepatopancreatica
ampulla lactifera
ampulla membranacea
ampulla of Lorenzini
ampulla of Vater
ampulla of gallbladder
ampulla of lacrimal canaliculus
ampulla of milk duct

Literary usage of Ampulla

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1. A Text-book of Zoology by Thomas Jeffery Parker, William Aitcheson Haswell (1921)
"... aa. ampulla of anterior canal; ae. of horizontal canal; a]>. of posterior canal; ass. apex of superior utricular sinus ; ca. anterior, ee. horizontal, ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"Each tube is about 10 cm. long, and is described as consisting of three portions: (1) the isthmus, or medial constricted third; (2) the ampulla, ..."

3. The Anatomy of the Frog by Alexander Ecker, George Haslam (1889)
"(5) The posterior ampulla and semicircular canal (Figs. 247, 248, and 249 ap, rp). The posterior ampulla commences at the posterior end of the si un* post, ..."

4. The American Quarterly Microscopical Journal by New York Microscopial Society (1878)
"The ductus choledochus extends nearly to the orifice of the ampulla before opening, and forms part of its pyloric boundary. The duct of Wirsung, ..."

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