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[vuh-sik-yuh-ler] /vəˈsɪk yə lər/
of or relating to a vesicle or vesicles.
having the form of a vesicle.
characterized by or consisting of vesicles.
Origin of vesicular
1705-15; < New Latin vēsīculāris, equivalent to Latin vēsīcul(a) vesicle + -āris -ar1
Related forms
vesicularly, adverb
intervesicular, adjective
nonvesicular, adjective
nonvesicularly, adverb
subvesicular, adjective Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for vesicular

1715, from Modern Latin vesicularis, from vesicula, diminutive of vesica "bladder" (see ventral).

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vesicular in Medicine

vesicular ve·sic·u·lar (vě-sĭk'yə-lər, və-)

  1. Of or relating to vesicles.

  2. Composed of or containing vesicles.

  3. Having the form of a vesicle.

ve·sic'u·lar·ly adv.
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vesicular in Science
  1. A small fluid-filled sac in the body.

  2. A membrane-bound sac in eukaryotic cells that stores or transports the products of metabolism in the cell and is sometimes the site for the breaking down of metabolic wastes. Vesicles bulge out and break off from the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus. Vesicles get their energy for mobility from ATP. Lysosomes and peroxisomes are vesicles.

  3. A small cavity formed in volcanic rock by entrapment of a gas bubble during solidification.

vesicular adjective (vě-sĭk'yə-lər, və-)
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