1. A poll tax.
2. A payment or fee of a fixed amount per person, such as one remitted at regular intervals to a medical provider by a managed care organization for an enrolled patient.
[Late Latin capitātiō, capitātiōn-, from Latin caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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