pinocytosis

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noun pi·no·cy·to·sis \ˌpi-nə-sə-ˈtō-səs, ˌpī-, -ˌsī-\

Definition of pinocytosis

plural

pinocytoses

play \ˌpi-nə-sə-ˈtō-ˌsēz, ˌpī-, -ˌsī-\
  1. :  the uptake of fluid and dissolved substances by a cell by invagination and pinching off of the cell membrane

pinocytotic

play \ˌpi-nə-sə-ˈtä-tik, ˌpī-, -ˌsī-\ or

pinocytic

play \ˌpi-nə-ˈsī-tik, ˌpī-\ adjective

pinocytotically

play \ˌpi-nə-sə-ˈtä-ti-k(ə-)lē, ˌpī-, -ˌsī-\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of pinocytosis

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


First Known Use: 1895


Medical Dictionary

pinocytosis

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noun pi·no·cy·to·sis \ˌpin-ə-sə-ˈtō-səs, ˌpīn-, -ˌsī-\

Medical Definition of pinocytosis

plural

pinocytoses

\-ˌsēz\play
  1. :  the uptake of fluid and dissolved substances by a cell by invagination and pinching off of the cell membrane


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