Definition of caveola
caveolarplay \ˌka-vē-ˈō-lər\ adjective … clearly of benefit to pathogens, caveolae-dependent endocytosis does not feed into the lysosome pathway and does not result in the degradation of the contents of caveolar vesicles. — Jeoung-Sook Shin and Soman N. Abraham
Origin and Etymology of caveola
borrowed from New Latin caveola intracellularis, literally, “intracellular pit”; caveola, going back to Medieval Latin, diminutive of Latin cavea “cage, enclosure” — more at 1gage
First Known Use: 1955
Medical Definition of caveola
: a flask-shaped invagination of the plasma membrane that is involved especially in endocytosis by pinching off and forming vesicles in the cytoplasm These findings suggest that the virions entered the cell and were transported to the nucleus through caveolae.—Tina Petrogiannis-Haliotis et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 25 Oct. 2001 ◆Caveolae are coated by proteins called caveolins and contain larger amounts of cholesterol and glycosphingolipids than the surrounding plasma membrane.
caveolar\-lər\ play adjective caveolar vesicles
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