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A bursa (plural "bursae" or "bursas";
Latin: "Bursa synovialis") is a small fluid-filled sac made of white fibrous tissue and lined with synovial membrane. It provides a cushion between bones and tendons and/or muscles around a joint; bursae are filled with synovial fluidand are found around almost every major joint of the body; when they become inflamed, the condition is called bursitis.
"Bursa" is Latin for purse, which is what a bursa resembles.
Infection or irritation of a bursa leads to
bursitis(inflammation of a bursa). The general term for disease of bursae is "bursopathy". Current medical studies have no specific knowledge of the entire bursae system.
Bursa of Fabricius(a lymphatic organ in birds)
Bursa of the knee joint
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