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  • noun
    A small case or container, especially a round or cylindrical one. (he showed us the cylinder of the gun filled with six plastic capsules)
    A tough sheath or membrane that encloses something in the body, such as a kidney, a lens, or a synovial joint. (The prostate gland is enclosed in a prostatic capsule and surrounded by extraperitoneal connective tissue.)
    The foil or plastic covering the cork of a wine bottle. (it is an alternative name for the capsule which covers the cork and neck of a wine bottle.)
    A dry fruit that releases its seeds by bursting open when ripe, such as a pea pod. (The leaves of the great poplar he climbed in gleamed as though polished; bead-like fruit dangled, inviting young hands to burst the green capsules open and release the fluffy seed.)
    The spore-producing structure of mosses and liverworts, typically borne on a stalk. (For example, in mosses the sporophyte is a capsule atop a slender stalk that grows out of the top of the gametophyte.)
    (of a piece of writing) shortened but retaining the essence of the original; condensed. (a capsule review of the movie)


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