1

capsule

play
noun cap·sule \ˈkap-səl, -(ˌ)sül also -ˌsyül\

Definition of capsule

  1. 1 a :  a membrane or sac enclosing a body part (as a knee joint or kidney) b :  either of two layers of white matter in the cerebrum

  2. 2 :  a closed receptacle containing spores or seeds: as a :  a dry dehiscent usually many-seeded fruit composed of two or more carpels b :  the spore case of a moss

  3. 3 :  a shell usually of gelatin for packaging something (as a drug or vitamins); also :  a usually medicinal or nutritional preparation for oral use consisting of the shell and its contents

  4. 4 :  an often polysaccharide envelope surrounding a microorganism

  5. 5 :  an extremely brief condensation :  outline, survey

  6. 6 a :  a compact often sealed and detachable container or compartment b :  a small pressurized compartment or vehicle (as for space flight)

Examples of capsule in a sentence

  1. <took an antibiotic capsule three times a day for a week>

  2. <a capsule containing all sorts of items from our era that is to be opened 100 years from now>

Origin and Etymology of capsule

French, from Latin capsula, diminutive of capsa box — more at case


First Known Use: circa 1693


2

capsule

verb cap·sule

Definition of capsule

capsuled

capsuling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to equip with or enclose in a capsule

  3. 2 :  to condense into or devise in a compact form

Examples of capsule in a sentence

  1. <newscasts that capsule complex, important stories into one-minute bits for easy digestion by viewers>

1859

First Known Use of capsule

1859


3

capsule

adjective cap·sule

Definition of capsule

  1. 1 :  extremely brief

  2. 2 :  small and very compact


CAPSULE Defined for English Language Learners

1

capsule

play
noun cap·sule \ˈkap-səl, -(ˌ)sül also -ˌsyül\

Definition of capsule for English Language Learners

  • : a very small container that is filled with medicine and swallowed whole

  • : a small glass or plastic container that has something (such as a liquid) inside of it

  • : a small part of a spacecraft that is separate from the rest of the spacecraft and that is where people live and work


3

capsule

adjective cap·sule

Definition of capsule for English Language Learners

  • : very short


CAPSULE Defined for Kids

capsule

play
noun cap·sule \ˈkap-səl\

Definition of capsule for Students

  1. 1 :  a case enclosing the seeds or spores of a plant

  2. 2 :  a small case of material that contains medicine to be swallowed

  3. 3 :  a closed compartment for travel in space


Medical Dictionary

capsule

play
noun cap·sule \ˈkap-səl, -(ˌ)sül\

Medical Definition of capsule

  1. 1a:  a membrane or saclike structure enclosing a part or organ <the capsule of the kidney>b:  either of two layers or laminae of white matter in the cerebrum: (1):  a layer that consists largely of fibers passing to and from the cerebral cortex and that lies internal to the lentiform nucleus—called also internal capsule (2):  one that lies between the lentiform nucleus and the claustrum—called also external capsule

  2. 2:  a shell usually of gelatin for packaging something (as a drug or vitamins); also :  a usually medicinal or nutritional preparation for oral use consisting of the shell and its contents

  3. 3:  a viscous or gelatinous often polysaccharide envelope surrounding certain microscopic organisms (as the pneumococcus)

Illustration of capsule



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up capsule? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to trick or confuse (someone)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ