ampulla

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noun am·pul·la \am-ˈpu̇-lə, ˈam-ˌpyü-lə\

Definition of ampulla

plural

ampullae

play \-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\
  1. 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. 2 :  a saccular anatomical swelling or pouch

ampullary

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

Origin and Etymology of ampulla

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


Medical Dictionary

ampulla

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noun am·pul·la \am-ˈpu̇-lə, ˈam-ˌpyü-lə\

Medical Definition of ampulla

plural

ampullae

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  1. :  a saccular anatomic swelling or pouch: asa:  the dilatation containing a patch of sensory epithelium at one end of each semicircular canal of the earb:  one of the dilatations of the lactiferous tubules of the mammary glands that serve as reservoirs for milkc (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 vesicled:  a terminal dilatation of the rectum just before it joins the anal canal


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