ve·​sic·​u·​lar və-ˈsi-kyə-lər How to pronounce vesicular (audio)
: containing, composed of, or characterized by vesicles
vesicular lava
: having the form or structure of a vesicle
: of or relating to vesicles
və-ˌsi-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce vesicular (audio)

Examples of vesicular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One traveler also had uncertified pork products that could have introduced African swine fever and swine vesicular disease to the U.S., officials said. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 23 Aug. 2023 Lesions can stay in the vesicular stage for up to two days.3 Stage 4: Pustules Once the clear fluid inside the vesicles turns opaque, the lesions have reached the pustular stage. Julia Landwehr, Health, 21 June 2023 Other terms for dyshidrotic eczema include pompholyx, recurrent vesicular palmoplantar dermatitis, or acute palmoplantar dermatitis.8 Nummular Eczema Nummular eczema causes itchy raised bumps called plaques, most often on the arms and legs. Health Editorial Team, Health, 17 Mar. 2023 EVs, including nanometre-size exosomes and submicron-size microvesicles, are membraneenclosed vesicular compartments that transport proteins, lipids and miRNAs in the extracellular environment. Chao Yan, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 The symptoms of congenital syphilis included a vesicular rash, anemia, hydrocephalus of the brain, inflammation of eye, and a runny nose with secretions laden with syphilitic bacteria (2). Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2015 Coxsackie can cause a vesicular rash, certainly chicken pox. CBS News, 17 July 2022 Subsequent archaeological work revealed a 16- by 13-foot room, likely part of Cortés’ home, made of basalt and vesicular lava stones. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2020 See More

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Word History


New Latin vesicula vesicle, from Latin, small bladder

First Known Use

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vesicular was in 1715

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Cite this Entry

“Vesicular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


ve·​sic·​u·​lar və-ˈsik-yə-lər, ve- How to pronounce vesicular (audio)
: characterized by the presence or formation of vesicles
a vesicular rash
: having the form of a vesicle
a vesicular lesion
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