Am*pul"la, n.; pl. Ampullae (#). [L. ]

1. Rom. Antiq.

A narrow-necked vessel having two handles and bellying out like a jug.

2. Eccl. (a)

A cruet for the wine and water at Mass.


The vase in which the holy oil for chrism, unction, or coronation is kept.


3. 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.


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