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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Life table studies of the Capitulum Borer, Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) infesting sunflower.
Two small pieces of cartilage were prepared, and a shallow acetabulum was created to receive the stapes capitulum on one of the cartilage pieces.
All participants stated that the shape of the capitulum and/or trochlea was an important feature for comparison.
The treatments with the matric potentials of -10 and -60 kPa were established from the 52th DAS--within the interval from the final phase of the stage R3 to R4 (beginning of flowering, characterized by showing the first visible ligulate flowers, with yellow color) and maintained until the R8 stage, corresponding to the second phase of achene development, visually exhibiting the back of the capitulum in a dark yellow color and the bracts still green (Castiglioni et al., 1997).
palustre from a particular location (with capitulum intact) were each cut to 1.5 cm length, and their combined fresh mass was measured following Ingerpuu and Vellak (2013; i.e., pressing shoots between paper towels for 3 seconds before weighing).
Scanning electron microscopy of the cypris larvae of Capitulum mitella (Cirripedia: Thoracica: Scalpellomorpha).
It articulates with the skull in two distinct places: 1) through the external optical process (Capitulum squamosum), supported in the ventro-caudal facet of the zygomatic process and 2) by the internal optical process (Capitulum oticum) that articulates with the cotyla quadrdtica and otici of the pro-optical and opisthotic bones, processes of homogeneous configuration amongst the species.
Underlying causes of poor outcomes in the treatment of children with fractures of the capitulum of the distal humeru.
The stapes height was calculated by measuring the distance between a point in the center of the top of the capitulum and a point in the center of the stapes footplate on the medial (vestibular) surface (figure 1).
One capitulum was cut from these plants every day, and two flowers on the cut capitula were evaluated for each one of the procedures described below.