[pin-uh-sahy-tohs, -tohz, pahy-nuh-]
- (of a cell) to take within by means of pinocytosis.
Origin of pinocytose
First recorded in 1955–60; back formation from pinocytosis
- the transport of fluid into a cell by means of local infoldings by the cell membrane so that a tiny vesicle or sac forms around each droplet, which is then taken into the interior of the cytoplasm.
Origin of pinocytosis
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Word Origin and History for pinocytoses
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pinocytosis(pĭn′ə-sĭ-tō′sĭs, -sī-, pī′nə-)
- Introduction of fluids into a cell by invagination of the cell membrane, followed by formation of vesicles within the cells.
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