bur·​sa | \ ˈbər-sə How to pronounce bursa (audio) \
plural bursas\ ˈbər-​səz How to pronounce bursa (audio) \ or bursae\ ˈbər-​ˌsē How to pronounce bursa (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce Bursa (audio) , ˈbər-sə \
variants: or formerly Brusa \ brü-​ˈsä How to pronounce Bursa (audio) , 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 How to pronounce Bursa (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bursa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After getting an appointment fairly quickly, I was given a shot in the bursa, but alas, with no relief. Hermine Saunders, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 8 Dec. 2019 Scherzer was given a cortisone shot this week to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Dave Skretta, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2019 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, 2 Apr. 2018 In 2008, Manning went on PUP with an infected bursa sac. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, 29 July 2017 Early prognosis from the medical staff had been inflammation in the bursa sac of the knee. Mike Berardino, Twin Cities, 15 Apr. 2017 The bursa copulatrix digests nutrients in the spermatophore, a packet of sperm given by the male during mating. National Geographic, 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, 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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“Bursa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bursa. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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bur·​sa | \ ˈbər-sə How to pronounce bursa (audio) \
plural bursas\ -​səz How to pronounce bursa (audio) \ or bursae\ -​ˌsē How to pronounce bursa (audio) , -​ˌsī How to pronounce bursa (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bursa (audio) \ adjective

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