vesicle

vesicle
A closed membrane shell, derived from membranes either by a physiological process (budding) or mechanically by sonication. Vesicles of dimensions in excess of 50nm are believed to be important in intracellular transport processes. See also coated vesicles.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • Vesicle — may refer to:* Synaptic vesicle * Auditory vesicle * Optic vesicles * Seminal vesicle * Subsporangial vesicle * Vesical arteries * Vesicle (biology), a relatively small and enclosed compartment within a cell * Vesicle (dermatology), a liquid… …   Wikipedia

  • Vesicle — Ves i*cle, n. [L. vesicula, dim. of vesica a bladder, blister; akin to Skr. vasti bladder: cf. F. v[ e]sicule.] A bladderlike vessel; a membranous cavity; a cyst; a cell. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) (Bot.) A small bladderlike body in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vesicle — (n.) 1570s, from M.Fr. vesicule, from L. vesicula, dim. of vesica bladder, blister (see VENTRAL (Cf. ventral)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • vesicle — ► NOUN 1) Anatomy & Zoology a small fluid filled sac or cyst. 2) Medicine a blister full of clear fluid. 3) Botany an air filled swelling in a seaweed or other plant. 4) Geology a small cavity in volcanic rock, produced by gas bubbles.… …   English terms dictionary

  • vesicle — [ves′i kəl] n. [< Fr or L: Fr vésicule < L vesicula, dim. of vesica, bladder] 1. a small, membranous cavity, sac, or cyst; specif., a) Anat. Med. a small cavity or sac filled with fluid; esp., a small, round elevation of the skin containing …   English World dictionary

  • Vesicle — In dermatology, a vesicle is a small blister, as on the skin. Vesicles also occur on the mucous membranes, such as the buccal mucosa (the lining of the mouth). Vesicles are less than .5 centimeters in diameter.In anatomy, a vesicle is any small… …   Medical dictionary

  • vesicle —   n. small blister; bladder like or rounded cavity; cell; cyst.    ♦ vesical, a. pertaining to bladder; oval.    ♦ vesicant,    ♦ vesicatory, a. raising blisters.    ♦ vesicate, v.t. blister.    ♦ vesicular, a. like a vesicle or bladder; bearing… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Vesicle-associated membrane protein 8 — (endobrevin), also known as VAMP8, is a human gene.cite web | title = Entrez Gene: VAMP8 vesicle associated membrane protein 8 (endobrevin)| url = http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=gene Cmd=ShowDetailView TermToSearch=8673| accessdate …   Wikipedia

  • Vesicle-associated membrane protein — (VAMP) family of proteins includes proteins with similar structure. * VAMP1 and VAMP2 proteins known as synaptobrevins are expressed in brain and are constituents of the synaptic vesicles, where they participate in neuromediator release. * VAMP3… …   Wikipedia

  • Vesicle (biology and chemistry) — Scheme of a simple vesicle (liposome). A vesicle is a bubble of liquid within another liquid, a supramolecular assembly made up of many different molecules. More technically, a vesicle is a small membrane enclosed sack that can store or transport …   Wikipedia

  • Vesicle (biology) — A vesicle is a small bubble of liquid within a cell. A more formal definition in cell biology, would be that a vesicle is a relatively small, intracellular, membrane enclosed sac that stores or transports substances. Vesicles form naturally… …   Wikipedia

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