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Ansa or ANSA can refer to any of the following:


As the acronym ANSA:


ansa is Latin for "handle". It has several uses derived from this meaning:

  • In anatomy, the word is applied to nervous structures which resemble loops (for example the ansa lenticularis, ansa cervicalis, Loop of Henle (ansa nephroni) or the ansa of the tympanal organ).
  • In archaeology it is used for the engraved and ornamented handle of a vase, which has often survived when the vase itself, being less durable, has disappeared.
  • In astronomy, one of the apparent ends of the rings of Saturn as seen in perspective from the earth: so-called because, in the earlier telescopes, they looked like handles projecting from the planet.
  • In chemistry, it is used to describe a bridge between two functional groups/ligands.
  • In the plural ansae, in astronomy, compact nebulosities such as can be found in protoplanetary nebulae.
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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

ANSA (from Lat. ansa, a handle), in astronomy, one of the apparent ends of the rings of Saturn as seen in perspective from the earth: so-called because, in the earlier telescopes, they looked like handles projecting from the planet. In anatomy the word is applied to nervous structures which resemble loops. In archaeology it is used for the engraved and ornamented handle of a vase, which has often survived when the vase itself, being less durable, has disappeared.


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