bur·​sa | \ ˈbər-sə \
plural bursas\ ˈbər-​səz \ or bursae\ ˈbər-​ˌsē , -​ˌsī \

Definition of bursa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bodily pouch or sac: such as
a : a small serous sac between a tendon and a bone


geographical name
Bur·​sa | \ bu̇r-ˈsä , ˈbər-sə\
variants: or formerly Brusa \ brü-​ˈsä , ˈbrü-​sə \

Definition of Bursa (Entry 2 of 2)

city near the Sea of Marmara in northwestern Turkey population 834,576

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Other Words from bursa


bursal \ ˈbər-​səl \ adjective

Examples of bursa in a Sentence

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The 76ers power forward sat out Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets with what Brett Brown said was a swollen bursa sac in his right elbow. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Dario Saric will remain out with bacterial infection in elbow," 2 Apr. 2018 In 2008, Manning went on PUP with an infected bursa sac. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Luck insists right shoulder will be better when he returns," 29 July 2017 Early prognosis from the medical staff had been inflammation in the bursa sac of the knee. Mike Berardino, Twin Cities, "Minnesota Twins: MRI negative on Brian Dozier’s inflamed right knee," 15 Apr. 2017 The bursa copulatrix digests nutrients in the spermatophore, a packet of sperm given by the male during mating. National Geographic, "7 Amazing Animal Organs People Don't Have," 14 Jan. 2017 However, Rodon has spent 2017 dealing with bursitis, which is inflammation and irritation of the lubricating sac (bursa) around the shoulder or elbow joint. Joe Pytleski, USA TODAY, "Injured pitchers provide risk/reward options for the second half," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of bursa


1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bursa


New Latin, from Medieval Latin, bag, purse — more at purse

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bur·​sa | \ ˈbər-sə \
plural bursas\ -​səz \ or bursae\ -​ˌsē , -​ˌsī \

Medical Definition of bursa

: a bodily pouch or sac: as
a : a small serous sac between a tendon and a bone

Other Words from bursa

bursal \ -​səl \ adjective

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