pl. -·sae or -·sas
Anat. a sac or pouchlike cavity, esp. one containing a fluid that reduces friction, as between a tendon and bone
Origin of bursaModern Latin ; from ML, a purse, bag: see purse
city in NW Turkey: capital of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th cent.
nounpl. bur·sae or bur·sas
A sac or saclike bodily cavity, especially one containing a viscous lubricating fluid and located between a tendon and a bone or at points of friction between moving structures.
Origin of bursaLate Latin, purse, pouch, from Greek, skin, wineskin.
A city of northwest Turkey west of Ankara. It dates from the third century BC and was a capital of the Ottoman Turks in the 1300s.
(plural bursae or bursæ)
From the Medieval Latin bursa (“purse”); compare purse.