am·pul·la | \am-ˈpu̇-lə, ˈam-ˌpyü-lə \
plural ampullae\-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī \

Definition of ampulla 

1 : a glass or earthenware flask with a globular body and two handles used especially by the ancient Romans to hold ointment, perfume, or wine

2 : a saccular anatomical swelling or pouch

Other Words from ampulla

ampullary \am-ˈpu̇-lər-ē, ˈam-pyə-ˌler-ē \ adjective

First Known Use of ampulla

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ampulla

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin, diminutive of amphora

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am·pul·la | \am-ˈpu̇-lə, ˈam-ˌpyü-lə \
plural ampullae\-ˌlē \

Medical Definition of ampulla 

: a saccular anatomic swelling or pouch: as

a : the dilatation containing a patch of sensory epithelium at one end of each semicircular canal of the ear

b : one of the dilatations of the lactiferous tubules of the mammary glands that serve as reservoirs for milk

c(1) : the middle portion of the fallopian tube

(2) : the distal dilatation of a vas deferens near the opening of the duct leading from the seminal vesicle

d : a terminal dilatation of the rectum just before it joins the anal canal

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