food vacuole

noun

: a membrane-bound vacuole (as in an amoeba) in which ingested food is digested see amoeba illustration

Examples of food vacuole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the extra layer of membrane that had been a food vacuole never disappeared. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 6 July 2023 In the late 1990s, some scientists hypothesized that the former food vacuole was still likely to carry a transmembrane channel protein called a proton pump. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of food vacuole was in 1875

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“Food vacuole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/food%20vacuole. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

food vacuole

noun
: a vacuole (as in an amoeba) in which ingested food is digested

Medical Definition

food vacuole

noun
: a vacuole (as in an amoeba) in which ingested food is digested

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