capsule meaning

[ 'kæpsju:l ] Pronunciation:   "capsule" in a sentence
  • Noun: capsule  kapsul pr kapsyool
    1. A small container 
    2. A pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside 
    3. A dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses 
    4. A shortened version of a written work
      - condensation, abridgement, abridgment 
    5. A structure that encloses a body part 
    6. A spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
      - space capsule 
    7. A pilot's seat in an aeroplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute
      - ejection seat [N. Amer], ejector seat [Brit]
    Verb: capsule  kapsul pr kapsyool
    1. Enclose in a capsule
      - capsulate, capsulize, capsulise [Brit] 
    2. Put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
      - encapsulate, capsulize, capsulise [Brit]

    Derived forms: capsuled, capsules, capsuling

    See also: bicapsular, capsular

    Type of: anatomical structure, ballistic capsule, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, concentrate, condense, container, digest, distil [Brit], distill [N. Amer], enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, lozenge, pericarp, pill, seat, seed vessel, space vehicle, spacecraft, structure, summary, sum-up, tab, tablet, wrap

    Part of: cockpit

    Encyclopedia: Capsule

  • [Defence]
    (*) 1. A sealed, pressurized cabin for extremely high altitude or space flight which provides an acceptable environment for man, animal, or equipment.
    2. An ejectable sealed cabin having automatic devices for safe return of the occupants to the surface.

  • [Engineering]
    "A boxlike component or unit, often sealed."

  • [Medicine]
    a : a membrane or saclike structure enclosing a part or organ ‹the capsule of the kidney›
    b : either of two layers or laminae of white matter in the cerebrum: (1) : a layer that consists largely of fibers passing to and from the cerebral cortex and that lies internal to the lentiform nucleus —called also internal capsule (2) : one that lies between the lentiform nucleus and the claustrum —called also external capsule
    2 : a shell usu. of gelatin for packaging something (as a drug or vitamins); also : a usu. medicinal or nutritional preparation for oral use consisting of the shell and its contents
    3 : a viscous or gelatinous often polysaccharide envelope surrounding certain microscopic organisms (as the pneumococcus)


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  2. the capsules of the synovial joints are lax.
  3. a glass capsule was broken.
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