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ampulla


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ampulla  \Am*pul"la\,  n.;  pl  {Ampull[ae]}.  [L.  ] 
  1.  (Rom.  Antiq.)  A  narrow-necked  vessel  having  two  handles 
  and  bellying  out  like  a  jug. 
 
  2.  (Eccl.) 
  a  A  cruet  for  the  wine  and  water  at  Mass. 
  b  The  vase  in  which  the  holy  oil  for  chrism,  unction,  or 
  coronation  is  kept.  --Shipley. 
 
  3.  (Biol.)  Any  membranous  bag  shaped  like  a  leathern  bottle, 
  as  the  dilated  end  of  a  vessel  or  duct;  especially  the 
  dilations  of  the  semicircular  canals  of  the  ear. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ampulla 
  n  1:  the  dilated  portion  of  a  canal  or  duct  esp.  of  the 
  semicircular  canals  of  the  ear 
  2:  a  flask  that  has  two  handles;  used  by  Romans  for  wines  or 
  oils 




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