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am•pul•la



Pronunciation: (am-pul'u, -pool'u), [key]
n.,
pl. -pul•laePronunciation: (-pul'ē, -pool'ē). [key]

1. Anat.a dilated portion of a canal or duct, esp. of the semicircular canals of the ear.
2. Zool., Bot.any flask-shaped structure.
3. Eccles.
a. a vessel for the wine and water used at the altar.
b. a vessel for holding consecrated oil.
4. a two-handled bottle having a somewhat globular shape, made of glass or earthenware, used by the ancient Romans for holding oil, wine, or perfumes.
5. Ichthyol.See ampulla of Lorenzini.

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ampuleampullaceous
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