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 (kăp′səl, -so͞ol)
1. A small soluble container, usually made of gelatin, that encloses a dose of an oral medicine or a vitamin.
2. 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.
3. Microbiology A polysaccharide outer shell enveloping certain bacteria.
4. 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.
5. A space capsule.
6. A brief summary; a condensation.
1. Highly condensed; very brief: a capsule description.
2. Very small; compact.
tr.v. cap·suled, cap·sul·ing, cap·sules
1. To enclose in or furnish with a capsule.
2. To condense or summarize: capsuled the news.

[French, from Latin capsula, diminutive of capsa, box.]

cap′su·lar (-sə-lər, -syo͝o-) adj.


relating to or resembling a capsule


(ˈkæp sə lər, -syʊ-)

of, in, or like a capsule.
[1670–80; < New Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.capsular - resembling a capsule; "the capsular ligament is a sac surrounding the articular cavity of a freely movable joint and attached to the bones"
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
2.capsular - of or relating to a capsule
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants


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Contract notice: Successive and continuous supply intraocular lens and capsular tension rings, towards the department of ophthalmology hospital of hope.
Of the 399 women who received the IDEAL IMPLANT as their first implants, the rate of capsular contracture was 5.
By that point there's more chance of the implant hardening (see capsular contracture box, below), or the shell of the implant rupturing.
The DNA sequences of the capsular locus were compared with the homologous gene clusters of the reference strains (053442, serogroup C, ST-4821; H44-76, serogroup B, ST-32) (Figure 3).
Thyroid gland follicular carcinoma is a malignant epithelial neoplasm of follicular cell differentiation that exhibits capsular and/or lymphovascular invasion while lacking the nuclear features of thyroid papillary carcinoma.
In a review of the literature, unaddressed capsular laxity and Bankart lesions (12) have been cited as the most common pathologies associated with continued instability after surgical stabilization procedures (Table 2).
In a published study, surgeons and scientists could show that the spider silk coating significantly reduced the rate of major post-operative complications, such as capsular fibrosis, capsular thickness, hardening and inflammation.
Posterior capsular rupture; a practical guide to prevention and management.
1) A foldable IOL is inserted into the empty capsular bag after liquefaction and aspiration of the opacified phakic lens.
Once these lenses are in place there is no visual deterioration over time but occasionally the capsular bag the plastic lens sits in becomes cloudy, requiring a simple laser treatment to clear it in the clinic.
Visualization of the prostate during the procedure revealed an atrophic appearing gland with a 15-mm long anterior capsular defect surrounded by necrotic, distorted tissue and in direct communication with an area of the pubic symphysis devoid of periosteum.