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1capsule

noun cap·sule \ˈkap-səl, -(ˌ)sül also -ˌsyül\

: a very small container that is filled with medicine and swallowed whole

: a small glass or plastic container that has something (such as a liquid) inside of it

: a small part of a spacecraft that is separate from the rest of the spacecraft and that is where people live and work

Full Definition of CAPSULE

1
a :  a membrane or sac enclosing a body part (as a knee joint or kidney)
b :  either of two layers of white matter in the cerebrum
2
:  a closed receptacle containing spores or seeds: as
a :  a dry dehiscent usually many-seeded fruit composed of two or more carpels
b :  the spore case of a moss
3
:  a shell usually of gelatin for packaging something (as a drug or vitamins); also :  a usually medicinal or nutritional preparation for oral use consisting of the shell and its contents
4
:  an often polysaccharide envelope surrounding a microorganism
5
:  an extremely brief condensation :  outline, survey
6
a :  a compact often sealed and detachable container or compartment
b :  a small pressurized compartment or vehicle (as for space flight)

Examples of CAPSULE

  1. <took an antibiotic capsule three times a day for a week>
  2. <a capsule containing all sorts of items from our era that is to be opened 100 years from now>

Origin of CAPSULE

French, from Latin capsula, diminutive of capsa box — more at case
First Known Use: circa 1693

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

2capsule

verb
cap·suledcap·sul·ing

Definition of CAPSULE

transitive verb
1
:  to equip with or enclose in a capsule
2
:  to condense into or devise in a compact form

Examples of CAPSULE

  1. <newscasts that capsule complex, important stories into one-minute bits for easy digestion by viewers>

First Known Use of CAPSULE

1859

3capsule

adjective

: very short

Full Definition of CAPSULE

1
:  extremely brief
2
:  small and very compact

Examples of CAPSULE

  1. <capsule reviews of the latest offerings at the multiplex>

First Known Use of CAPSULE

1938

capsule

noun cap·sule \ˈkap-səl, -(ˌ)sül\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CAPSULE

1
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 usually of gelatin for packaging something (as a drug or vitamins); also :  a usually 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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