Definition of encapsulate in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Express the essential features of (something) succinctly.

    • ‘the conclusion is encapsulated in one sentence’
    summarize, sum up, give a summary of, precis, abridge, digest, abbreviate, condense, compress, compact, contract, telescope
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  • 2Enclose (something) in or as if in a capsule.

    • ‘the company would encapsulate the asbestos waste in concrete pellets’
    enclose, encase, contain, confine, envelop, enfold, sheath, cocoon, surround
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    1. 2.1Anatomy Medicine Enclose (an organ or structure of the body) in a tough sheath or membrane.
      ‘pancreatic tumors are encapsulated in a densely packed thicket of proteins and cells’
      • ‘encapsulated organs such as the kidneys’
      • ‘Given that the pH is low enough, these liposomes will undergo a phase transition to inverted lipid phase and presumably release encapsulated material during this process.’
      • ‘Low-power microscopy revealed an encapsulated tumor with low cellularity and a variably loose stroma.’
      • ‘Evidently, encapsulated ribozymes are not accessible to extravesicular ions.’
      • ‘Today, polymer encapsulated iron oxide particles are used in biomedical applications.’
      • ‘In a follicle-forming encapsulated thyroid tumor, the presence of large nuclei with easily identified mitotic figures and conspicuous nucleoli raises the index of suspicion for carcinoma.’
      • ‘Composed of encapsulated cementitious grout, the product can be used underwater, in overhead applications, in cold temperatures, or in any application where you require an anchor in concrete.’
      • ‘Adults produce balloon-shaped gelatinous masses that hold tens of thousands of encapsulated embryos.’
      • ‘At gross examination, a well-circumscribed encapsulated nodule measuring 3 cm in the greatest dimension was found in the left hemithyroidectomy specimen.’
      • ‘Microscopy showed an encapsulated biphasic lesion consisting of a mixture of epithelium and stroma with areas of hyalinization.’
      • ‘Visceral pain is poorly localized and is either cramping (usually from a hollow viscus) or sharp or achy (from an encapsulated organ).’
      • ‘The cut surface of the encapsulated tumor was brown-tan with hemorrhagic and cystic changes.’
      • ‘In abdominal disease the symptom is particularly associated with rapid enlargement of an encapsulated organ or distension of a hollow viscus.’
      • ‘Surgical excision of an encapsulated nodule was performed.’
      • ‘This sensitivity was possible because of the special, encapsulated nerve endings in the buttocks and thighs of females.’
      • ‘Groups of lymph nodules may be partially encapsulated as small organs with a definite lymphatic and blood vascular supply.’
      • ‘The second tumor component was partially encapsulated with solid and trabecular growth pattern with focal areas of necrosis and hemorrhage.’
      • ‘The tumor was a gelatinous mass completely encapsulated by a thin fibrous capsule with no hemorrhage or necrosis.’
      • ‘The tumor was entirely encapsulated by a fibrous capsule of variable thickness.’
      • ‘The tumor was partially encapsulated, but in some places the capsule was incomplete and the tumor cells mingled with adjacent thyroid follicles.’
      • ‘In S. cerevisiae, each of the nuclei is encapsulated in a hardened cell wall formed by growth of a double-membrane prospore wall adjacent to the outer plaque of the meiosis II spindle pole bodies.’
  • 3Computing
    Enclose (a message or signal) in a set of codes that allow transfer across networks.

    • ‘data requested is encapsulated and can be manipulated’
    1. 3.1Provide an interface for (a piece of software or hardware) to allow or simplify access for the user.
      • ‘third-party vendors can encapsulate their tools to run with this software backplane’



/inˈkaps(y)əˌlāt/ /ɪnˈkæps(j)əˌleɪt/ /enˈkaps(y)əˌlāt/ /ɛnˈkæps(j)əˌleɪt/


Late 19th century (also as incapsulate): from en-, in-‘into’ + Latin capsula (see capsule).