There are 2 definitions of bursa in English:


Syllabification: bur·sa
Pronunciation: /ˈbərsə

noun (plural bursae /-sē/ or bursas)

A fluid-filled sac or saclike cavity, especially one countering friction at a joint.
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  • Another slip may attach to the synovial bursa forming a tensor bursae mucosae tendinum.
  • The psoas bursa communicates with the hip joint in the adult in approximately 20% of the population.
  • Other locations include the ulnar aspects of the forearm, olecranon, and prepatellar bursae, Achilles tendons, and hands.


early 19th century: from medieval Latin, 'bag, purse', from Greek bursa 'leather'.



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  • The rotator cuff was evaluated from both the articular and bursal surfaces.
  • In an occasional case, one may be able to aspirate bursal fluid from the bursa itself before injection of corticosteroid.
  • The physical examination should include a careful assessment of the affected joints, surrounding soft tissue and bursal areas.

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There are 2 definitions of bursa in English:


Syllabification: Bur·sa
Pronunciation: /ˈbərsə
A city in northwestern Turkey; population 1,431,200 (est. 2007). It was the capital of the Ottoman Empire 1326–1402.

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