• WordNet 3.6
    • n ampulla a flask that has two handles; used by Romans for wines or oils
    • n ampulla the dilated portion of a canal or duct especially of the semicircular canals of the ear
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ampulla (Eccl) A cruet for the wine and water at Mass.
    • Ampulla (Rom. Antiq) A narrow-necked vessel having two handles and bellying out like a jug.
    • Ampulla (Biol) Any membranous bag shaped like a leathern bottle, as the dilated end of a vessel or duct; especially the dilations of the semicircular canals of the ear.
    • Ampulla (Eccl) The vase in which the holy oil for chrism, unction, or coronation is kept.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ampulla In Roman antiquity, a bottle with a narrow neck and a body more or less nearly globular in shape, usually made of glass or earthenware, rarely of more valuable materials, and used, like the Greek aryballos, bombylios, etc., for carrying oil for anointing the body and for many other purposes.
    • n ampulla Eccles.: In the Roman Catholic Church, a cruet, regularly made of transparent glass, for holding the wine and water used at the altar. See ama. Also written amula. A vessel for holding the consecrated oil or chrism used in various church rites and at the coronation of kings. The ampulla used at coronations in England is in the form of an eagle, of pure gold, richly chased. The famous ampulla formerly used in France, kept at Rheims, and reputed to have been brought from heaven by a dove for the baptism of Clovis I., was broken at the Revolution; but a portion of its oil is said to have been preserved and to have been used at the coronation of Charles X. Formerly ampul.
    • n ampulla In the middle ages, a small bottle-shaped flask, often of glass, sometimes of lead, used by travelers, and especially by pilgrims. Sometimes these were used as pilgrims' signs (which see, under pilgrim).
    • n ampulla In anat: The dilated part of the membranous semicircular canals in the ear. The enlargement of a galactophorous duct beneath the areola in the human mammary gland. Also called sinus.
    • n ampulla In botany, a small bladder or flask-shaped organ attached to the roots or immersed leaves of some aquatic plants, as in Utricularia (which see).
    • n ampulla In zoology: In Vermes, a terminal dilatation of the efferent seminal ducts, In Brachiopoda, one of the contractile mammillary processes of the sinuses of the pallial lobes, as in Lingula. In certain ducks, one of the chambers or dilatations of the tracheal tympanum or labyrinth. See tympanum. There may be but one ampulla, or there may be one on each side. [Little used in this sense.] In hydroid polyps, the cavity of a vesicular marginal body connected by a canal with the gastrovascular system. In echinoderms, one of the diverticula of the branched ambulacral canals; a sort of Polian vesicle of the ambulacral suckers
    • n ampulla In Hydrocorallinæ, a pit formed in the cœnenchyma for the reception of gonophores.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ampulla am-pul′la a small two-handled flask or bottle for holding liquids or unguents: a vessel for holding consecrated oil or chrism, esp. at the coronation of kings: a kind of cruet of transparent glass for holding the wine and water used at the altar:
    • n Ampulla am-pul′la (biol.) the dilated end of any canal or duct in an animal body, also the spongiole of a root in plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.; made up of amb, on both sides, and olla, a jar; or an irregular dim. of amphora, a flagon.


In literature:

Associated Words: chrismatory, chrismation, chrismal, cruet, ampulla, unction.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Zorzi began to make the spout, for it was a large ampulla that he was fashioning.
"Marietta" by F. Marion Crawford
The holy ampulla containing it is kept in the church of Saint Remi at Reims.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
But not less indubitable is it that he did not dash in pieces the sacred ampulla.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
In his free hand Wardo clutched a brazen beaker, which the girl filled constantly from a fat-sided ampulla on her knee.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
The ampullae seem to serve that purpose in a limited degree.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
The vessel containing the oil wherewith the Kings of France were anointed, oil and ampulla being fabled to have come from Heaven.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
Those ampulla cells are sporidiiferous asci.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
The ampulla of the French kings, kept at Rheims in the tomb of St. Remy, was destroyed in 1793.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
One end of each canal is dilated to form its ampulla.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various

In news:

Sphincterotomy has been advocated in the treatment of pancreatitis in order to minimize biliary reflux into the pancreas through a common outflow channel by diminishing resistance at the ampulla of Vater.