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[vuh-sahy-kuh, -see-kuh, ves-i-kuh] /vəˈsaɪ kə, -ˈsi kə, ˈvɛs ɪ kə/
noun, plural vesicae
[vuh-sahy-kee, -see-kee, ves-i-kee] /vəˈsaɪ ki, -ˈsi ki, ˈvɛs ɪˌki/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. a bladder.
Origin of vesica
First recorded in 1675-85, vesica is from the Latin word vēsīca Unabridged
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noun (pl) -cae (-ˌsiː)
(anatomy) a technical name for bladder (sense 1)
(in medieval sculpture and painting) an aureole in the shape of a pointed oval
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: bladder, sac, blister
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vesica in Medicine

vesica ve·si·ca (və-sī'kə, -sē'-, věs'ĭ-kə)
n. pl. ve·si·cae (-kē, -sē)

  1. A bladder, especially the urinary bladder or the gallbladder.

  2. A hollow structure or sac containing a serous fluid.

ves'i·cal (věs'ĭ-kəl) adj.
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