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 By building this special compartment, the double-membrane vesicle, the virus avoids inducing the production of interferon and interferon-responsive proteins. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 By building this special compartment, the double-membrane vesicle, the virus avoids inducing the production of interferon and interferon-responsive proteins. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 By building this special compartment, the double-membrane vesicle, the virus avoids inducing the production of interferon and interferon-responsive proteins. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 The formation of the double-membrane vesicle within which viral replication and transcription occur (Figure 4). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Anchoring the replication complex to the inner surface of the double-membrane vesicle via interaction with both the membranes and the nucleoprotein (N) via tight association with the viral nucleoprotein (N) that binds viral RNA. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 June 2021 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, 17 Apr. 2020 The saltwater environment was also beneficial, as the fat molecules formed a stronger, more stable vesicle, or structure. Fox News, 5 Nov. 2019 These lipids are the perfect size to fit within the vesicles of that ceramic fabric. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, 26 Sep. 2019

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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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8 Oct 2021

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“Vesicle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vesicle. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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