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Ampulla  n.  (pl. ampullae)  
(Rom. Antiq.) A narrow-necked vessel having two handles and bellying out like a jug.
A cruet for the wine and water at Mass.
The vase in which the holy oil for chrism, unction, or coronation is kept.
(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.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Ampulla" Quotes from Famous Books

... nascent spermatozoa, which being released, are hurried along, partly by their own flagellate movements and partly by the action of the cilia in the ducts of the epididymis and the peristaltic contractions of the vas deferens—hurried along the vas to the ampulla. If the period of sexual excitement extends over fifteen to thirty minutes, the whole duct system from the epididymis to the ampulla becomes gorged with the secreted testicular product. This secretion consists of active motile spermatozoa, of spermatic ...
— The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction - Also Sexual Hygiene with Special Reference to the Male • Winfield S. Hall

Words linked to "Ampulla" :   body part, epithelial duct, flask, channel, duct, ampullar

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