vesicle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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: 
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   (a) (Bot.) A small bladderlike body in the substance of a
       vegetable, or upon the surface of a leaf.
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   (b) (Med.) A small, and more or less circular, elevation of
       the cuticle, containing a clear watery fluid.
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   (c) (Anat.) A cavity or sac, especially one filled with
       fluid; as, the umbilical vesicle.
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   (d) (Zool.) A small convex hollow prominence on the surface
       of a shell or a coral.
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   (e) (Geol.) A small cavity, nearly spherical in form, and
       usually of the size of a pea or smaller, such as are
       common in some volcanic rocks. They are produced by the
       liberation of watery vapor in the molten mass.
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