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n. pl. ca·pit·u·la (-lə)
1. A compact cluster of sessile flowers, often surrounded by involucral bracts, as of daisies and other composite plants.
2. A small knob or head-shaped part, such as a protuberance of a bone or the tip of an insect's antenna.

[Latin, diminutive of caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -la (-lə)
1. (Botany) a racemose inflorescence in the form of a disc of sessile flowers, the youngest at the centre. It occurs in the daisy and related plants
2. (Anatomy) anatomy zoology a headlike part, esp the enlarged knoblike terminal part of a long bone, antenna, etc
3. (Zoology) anatomy zoology a headlike part, esp the enlarged knoblike terminal part of a long bone, antenna, etc
[C18: from Latin, literally: a little head, from caput head]
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(kəˈpɪtʃ ə ləm)

n., pl. -la (-lə).
any globose or knoblike part, as a flower head or the head of a bone.
[1715–25; < Latin: small head; see chapter]
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Noun1.capitulum - a dense cluster of flowers or foliage; "a head of cauliflower"; "a head of lettuce"
plant organ - a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
2.capitulum - fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
corn, Indian corn, maize, Zea mays - tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
mealie - an ear of corn
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
3.capitulum - an arrangement of leafy branches forming the top or head of a treecapitulum - an arrangement of leafy branches forming the top or head of a tree
treetop, crown - the upper branches and leaves of a tree or other plant
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Most microorganisms involved in these disease are gram-negative bacilli, anaerobes (Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Campylobacter rectus) or capnophiles (Aggregatibacterium actinomycetemcomitans, Eikenella corrodens, Capnocytophaga ochracea ...) [3].
Infectious agents that can be passed from cats to humans through bites or scratches include: Bartonella (cat-scratch disease), Capnocytophaga (a bacterium found in cats' saliva that can cause life-threatening illness in humans when introduced into the bloodstream), Mycoplasma felis (a bacterium responsible for chronic infections), Pasteurella multocida (a bacterium that causes severe infection), Francisella tularensis (an organism that causes tularemia, a disease so severe it was once being developed as a bioweapon), Yersinia pestis (the likely cause of the plague that killed more than 100 million people in the sixth century and five million more in the 14th century), and, of course, the rabies virus.
Capnocytophaga canimorsus bacteraemia demonstrated by a positive blood smear.
These include microbes of such genera as Bacteroides, Capnocytophaga, Fusobacterium, Actinobacillus and Treponema.
Anaerobic culture reported the presence of Capnocytophaga species.
denticola as well as certain Capnocytophaga species that produce trypsin like enzyme.
Other etiologic agents detected in this study included reportable disease agents (e.g., Rickettsia rickettsii, Legionella pneumophila, dengue virus), vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g., pneumococcal, meningococcal diseases), and zoonotic agents (Leptospira and Capnocytophaga spp.).