Meaning of ampulla


Pronunciation: (am-pul'u, -pool'u), [key]
— pl. -pul•lae
  1. a dilated portion of a canal or duct, esp. of the semicircular canals of the ear.
  2. any flask-shaped structure.
    1. a vessel for the wine and water used at the altar.
    2. a vessel for holding consecrated oil.
  3. 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.
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