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Pronunciation: kă-pit′yū-lŭm, -lă


  1. A small head or rounded articular extremity of a bone.
  2. The bloodsucking, probing, sensing, and holdfast mouthparts of a tick, including the basal supporting structure; relative size and shape of mouthparts forming the capitulum are characteristic for the genera of hard ticks.

Synonym(s): capitellum1

[L. dim. of caput, head]

See Also: caput

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