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 (ăm-po͝ol′ə, -pŭl′ə)
n. pl. am·pul·lae (-po͝ol′ē, -pŭl′ē)
1. A nearly round bottle with two handles used by the ancient Romans for wine, oil, or perfume.
2. Ecclesiastical A vessel for consecrated wine or holy oil.
3. Anatomy A small dilatation in a canal or duct, especially one in the semicircular canal of the ear.

[Middle English, from Old English, from Latin, diminutive of amphora; see amphora.]

am·pul′lar adj.


n, pl -pullae (-ˈpʊliː)
1. (Anatomy) anatomy the dilated end part of certain ducts or canals, such as the end of a uterine tube
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity
a. a vessel for containing the wine and water used at the Eucharist
b. a small flask for containing consecrated oil
3. (Archaeology) a Roman two-handled bottle for oil, wine, or perfume
[C16: from Latin, diminutive of amphora]
ampullaceous, ˌampulˈlaceal adj
ampullar, ampullary adj


(æmˈpʌl ə, -ˈpʊl ə)

n., pl. -pul•lae (-ˈpʌl i, -ˈpʊl i)
1. a dilated portion of a canal or duct, as of the semicircular canals of the ear.
2. a bottle with a bulbous body and narrow neck, used by the ancient Romans for oil, wine, or other liquids.
[1590–1600; < New Latin, Latin, =amphor(a) amphora + -la diminutive suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ampulla - the dilated portion of a canal or duct especially of the semicircular canals of the earampulla - the dilated portion of a canal or duct especially of the semicircular canals of the ear
body part - any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
duct, epithelial duct, canal, channel - a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; "the tear duct was obstructed"; "the alimentary canal"; "poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs"
2.ampulla - a flask that has two handlesampulla - a flask that has two handles; used by Romans for wines or oils
flask - bottle that has a narrow neck


n pl <-e> (Hist, Eccl) → Ampulla f
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