[vuh-sahy-kuh, -see-kuh, ves-i-kuh]

noun, plural ve·si·cae [vuh-sahy-kee, -see-kee, ves-i-kee,] /vəˈsaɪ ki, -ˈsi ki, ˈvɛs ɪˌki,/.

Anatomy. a bladder.

Origin of vesica

First recorded in 1675–85, vesica is from the Latin word vēsīca Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vesica


noun plural -cae (-ˌsiː)

anatomy a technical name for bladder (def. 1)
(in medieval sculpture and painting) an aureole in the shape of a pointed oval

Word Origin for vesica

C17: from Latin: bladder, sac, blister
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Medicine definitions for vesica


[və-sīkə, -sē-, vĕsĭ-kə]

n. pl. ve•si•cae (-kē, -sē)

A bladder, especially the urinary bladder or the gallbladder.
A hollow structure or sac containing a serous fluid.
Related formsvesi•cal (vĕsĭ-kəl) adj.
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