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  1. of or relating to a vesicle or vesicles.
  2. having the form of a vesicle.
  3. characterized by or consisting of vesicles.
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Origin of vesicular

1705–15; < New Latin vēsīculāris, equivalent to Latin vēsīcul(a) vesicle + -āris -ar1
Related formsve·sic·u·lar·ly, adverbin·ter·ve·sic·u·lar, adjectivenon·ve·sic·u·lar, adjectivenon·ve·sic·u·lar·ly, adverbsub·ve·sic·u·lar, adjective
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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


  1. Of or relating to vesicles.
  2. Composed of or containing vesicles.
  3. Having the form of a vesicle.
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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.
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Related formsvesicular adjective (vĕ-sĭkyə-lər, və-)
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