pinocytosis

noun
pi·​no·​cy·​to·​sis | \ ˌpi-nə-sə-ˈtō-səs How to pronounce pinocytosis (audio) , ˌpī-, -ˌsī- \
plural pinocytoses\ ˌpi-​nə-​sə-​ˈtō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce pinocytosis (audio) , ˌpī-​ , -​ˌsī-​ \

Definition of pinocytosis

: the uptake of fluid and dissolved substances by a cell by invagination and pinching off of the cell membrane

Other Words from pinocytosis

pinocytotic \ ˌpi-​nə-​sə-​ˈtä-​tik How to pronounce pinocytosis (audio) , ˌpī-​ , -​ˌsī-​ \ or pinocytic \ ˌpi-​nə-​ˈsī-​tik How to pronounce pinocytosis (audio) , ˌpī-​ \ adjective
pinocytotically \ ˌpi-​nə-​sə-​ˈtä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pinocytosis (audio) , ˌpī-​ , -​ˌsī-​ \ adverb

First Known Use of pinocytosis

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinocytosis

New Latin, from Greek pinein to drink + New Latin cyt- + -osis — more at potable

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The first known use of pinocytosis was in 1895

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“Pinocytosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinocytosis. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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pinocytosis

noun
pi·​no·​cy·​to·​sis | \ ˌpin-ə-sə-ˈtō-səs How to pronounce pinocytosis (audio) , ˌpīn- How to pronounce pinocytosis (audio) , -ˌsī- \
plural pinocytoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce pinocytosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of pinocytosis

: the uptake of fluid and dissolved substances by a cell by invagination and pinching off of the cell membrane

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