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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vesicle mean? 

VESICLE (noun)
  The noun VESICLE has 1 sense:

1. a small anatomically normal sac or bladderlike structure (especially one containing fluid)

  Familiarity information: VESICLE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

VESICLE (noun)

Sense 1vesicle [BACK TO TOP]


A small anatomically normal sac or bladderlike structure (especially one containing fluid)

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Nouns denoting body parts


vesicle; cyst

Hypernyms ("vesicle" is a kind of...):

sac (a structure resembling a bag in an animal)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vesicle"):

dacryocyst; lacrimal sac; tear sac (either of the two dilated ends of the lacrimal ducts at the nasal ends of the eyes that fill with tears secreted by the lacrimal glands)

dictyosome; Golgi apparatus; Golgi body; Golgi complex (a netlike structure in the cytoplasm of animal cells (especially in those cells that produce secretions))

bleb; blister; bulla ((pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid)

follicle (any small spherical group of cells containing a cavity)

liposome (an artificially made microscopic vesicle into which nucleic acids can be packaged; used in molecular biology as a transducing vector)

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