bul·​la | \ ˈbu̇-lə How to pronounce bulla (audio) \
plural bullae\ ˈbu̇-​ˌlē How to pronounce bulla (audio) , -​ˌlī \

Definition of bulla

1 [Medieval Latin] : the round usually lead seal attached to a papal bull
2 [New Latin, from Latin] : a hollow thin-walled rounded bony prominence
3 : a large vesicle or blister

Examples of bulla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Rossella Tercatin of the Jerusalem Post, the fact that the bulla contains multiple impressions could indicate it was stamped by two people coordinating a transaction. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2021 The store sold everyday goods and featured a large brick oven that was used to make its famous bulla cakes, flavorful flat pastries made with flour, ginger and molasses. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2021 By getting a prompt diagnosis, any large bulla, or balloons, can be surgically removed. Alice Oglethorpe, Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bulla

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bulla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulla. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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bul·​la | \ ˈbu̇l-ə How to pronounce bulla (audio) \
plural bullae\ ˈbu̇l-​ˌē How to pronounce bulla (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce bulla (audio) \

Medical Definition of bulla

1 : a hollow thin-walled rounded bony prominence
2 : a large vesicle or blister — compare bleb

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