vesicle

noun
ves·​i·​cle | \ ˈve-si-kəl How to pronounce vesicle (audio) \

Definition of vesicle

1a : a membranous and usually fluid-filled pouch (such as a cyst, vacuole, or cell) in a plant or animal
b : a small abnormal elevation of the outer layer of skin enclosing a watery liquid : blister
c : a pocket of embryonic tissue that is the beginning of an organ
2 : a small cavity in a mineral or rock

Examples of vesicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next, the acrosome, a vesicle inside the sperm cell’s head, fuses with the outer layer of the egg, igniting the release of enzymes that ease the route inside. Randi Hutter Epstein, New York Times, "Tinder for Sperm: Even in the Petri Dish, Looks and Athleticism Are Prized," 17 Apr. 2020 The saltwater environment was also beneficial, as the fat molecules formed a stronger, more stable vesicle, or structure. Fox News, "Charles Darwin may be wrong about where life started on Earth, stunning study says," 5 Nov. 2019 These lipids are the perfect size to fit within the vesicles of that ceramic fabric. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Bronze Age Baby Bottles Reveal How Some Ancient Infants Were Fed," 26 Sep. 2019 The team will next attempt to isolate the bead-like vesicles to learn a bit more about them. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Zombifying fungus bypasses the brain to make ants its puppets, study finds," 17 July 2019 When the synapsin is phosphorylated, the droplet rapidly dissipates and the vesicles are freed to spill the neurotransmitters into the synapse. Quanta Magazine, "‘Lava-Lamp’ Proteins May Help Cells Cheat Death," 26 Nov. 2018 If the vesicles come from the host ants, the contents could be an immune response of some kind. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Zombifying fungus bypasses the brain to make ants its puppets, study finds," 17 July 2019 It had been observed that vesicles containing neurotransmitters routinely hover in clusters near the presynaptic membrane until they are needed. Quanta Magazine, "‘Lava-Lamp’ Proteins May Help Cells Cheat Death," 26 Nov. 2018 The vesicles are popular in cocktails, as condiments, garnishes, and as an accent to fish. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Branching out with new crops," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of vesicle

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vesicle

Middle French vesicule, from Latin vesicula small bladder, blister, from diminutive of vesica

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The first known use of vesicle was in 1578

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“Vesicle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vesicle. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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vesicle

noun
ves·​i·​cle | \ ˈves-i-kəl How to pronounce vesicle (audio) \

Medical Definition of vesicle

1a : a membranous and usually fluid-filled pouch (as a cyst, vacuole, or cell) in a plant or animal
2 : a small abnormal elevation of the outer layer of skin enclosing a watery liquid : blister
3 : a pocket of embryonic tissue that is the beginning of an organ — see brain vesicle, optic vesicle, otic vesicle

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