(plural "ampullae") was, in Ancient Rome, a "small nearly globular flask or bottle, with two handles" (OED
). The word is used of these in archaeology, and of later, often handle-less flasks for holy water
or holy oil
in the Middle Ages, often bought as souvenirs of pilgrimages.
Medicine and science
- By extension, in scientific contexts, it may mean a dilated segment in a tubular structure. It is used to describe several anatomical structures:
- Ampullae are also bulb-like structures above the tube feet in echinoderms.