- Obs. a small case or sheath
- a small, soluble gelatin container for encasing a dose of medicine, etc.
- a dose of medicine, vitamin supplement, etc. so encased
- an ejectable airplane cockpit
- a detachable, closed compartment designed to hold and protect people, instruments, etc. in a rocketin full space capsule
- any sac or membrane enclosing an organ or part
- either of two layers of cerebral white matter
- a case or pod, containing seeds, spores, or carpels; esp., a dry dehiscent fruit
- Chem. any shallow dish or tray for evaporating liquids
Origin of capsuleFrench from Classical Latin capsula, diminutive of capsa, box: see case
transitive verb-·suled, -·sul·ing
- A small soluble container, usually made of gelatin, that encloses a dose of an oral medicine or a vitamin.
- Anatomy A fibrous, membranous, or fatty sheath that encloses an organ or part, such as the sac surrounding the kidney or the fibrous tissues that surround a joint.
- Microbiology A polysaccharide outer shell enveloping certain bacteria.
- Botany a. A dry dehiscent fruit that develops from two or more united carpels.b. The thin-walled, spore-containing structure of mosses and related plants.
- A space capsule.
- A brief summary; a condensation.
- Highly condensed; very brief: a capsule description.
- Very small; compact.
transitive verbcap·suled, cap·sul·ing, cap·sules
- To enclose in or furnish with a capsule.
- To condense or summarize: capsuled the news.
Origin of capsuleFrench from Latin capsula diminutive of capsa box
- (physiology) A membranous envelope.
- (botany) A type of simple, dehiscent, dry fruit (seed-case) produced by many species of flowering plants, such as poppy, lily, orchid, willow and cotton.
- (botany) A sporangium, especially in bryophytes.
- A detachable part of a rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing the crew's living space.
- (pharmacy) A small container containing a dose of medicine.
- (dialectal, UK, Suffolk) A weasel.
- (figuratively) in a brief, condensed or compact form
- (winemaking) The covering — formerly lead or tin, now often plastic — over the cork at the top of the wine bottle.
- (chemistry, dated) A small clay saucer for roasting or melting samples of ores, etc.; a scorifier.
- A small, shallow evaporating dish, usually of porcelain.
- A small cup or shell, often of metal, for a percussion cap, cartridge, etc.
From French capsule.