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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.]


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]


(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]
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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For this, individuals >20 mm (RT length) were selected, considering that the minimum catch size in the region of Cantabria is established as 40 mm of total length (peduncle plus capitulum height), which corresponds to an RT length of approximately 20 mm (Bidegain et al.
For the patellar taping, the tape length was measured as starting from the capitulum fibulae and ending on the medial border of patella.
They have bilaterally compressed body which is divided into two parts: peduncle or stalk and capitulum (Fig.
It is nevertheless striking that a bell-shaped third segment has only been found in cyprids from hard-bottom balanomorphans and in the very few pedunculated barnacles from this same habitat, namely, Pollicipes pollicipes and Capitulum mitella (Moyse et al.
Humero de un especimen hembra de Mazama gouazoubira en vista caudal (A) y lateral (B) del antimero izquierdo medial (C) y craneal (D) del lado derecho, revelando las medidas de acuerdo con von den Driesch (1976) y los accidentes anatomicos: cabeza del humero (1), cuello del humero (2), fosa del olecranon (3), tuberosidad mayor (4), tuberosidad deltoidea (5), fosa radial (6), epicondilo lateral ( 7), capitulum (8), tuberosidad menor (9), surco intertubercular (10), tuberosidad redonda mayor (11), epicondilo medial (12), condilo lateral / capitulum (13) y condilo medial / troclea (14).
Breadth of the trochlea: It measures the breadth between the midpoint of the lateral margin of the trochlea and midpoint of lateral margin of capitulum.
In the MASH group, the malleus was gently retracted to the head of the stapes to maintain a favorable vertical position and the PORP was interposed between the stapes capitulum and malleus manubrium.
2003) by gripping the capitulum firmly with the help of a steel forceps and turned the vector over on its back and then pulled out.
Plants may produce one to three flowering scapes each bearing a single capitulum that is about 2-5 cm in diameter.
For capitulum dry matter (Figure 2), there was a polynomial fit in the interaction between fertilizer doses and irrigation depths, with the highest results of capitulum dry matter at the poultry manure dose of 5 kg [m.
Likewise, in the case of osteoporotic fractures, we should know that osteoporosis is more pronounced in the posterolateral part of the radial condyle (26), and that the area of the lateral columns, especially the capitulum and the distal part of the lateral column, has very thin cortices (31).