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food vacuole

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noun Cell Biology.
  1. a membrane-enclosed cell vacuole with a digestive function, containing material taken up in by the process of phagocytosis.

Origin of food vacuole

First recorded in 1885–90
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Historical Examples

  • Food-vacuole, a small drop of water containing digestive material and a food-ball.

    A Guide for the Study of Animals

    Worrallo Whitney


British Dictionary definitions for food vacuole

food vacuole

noun
  1. biology a cavity surrounding ingested food particles in some protozoans
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