Vacuole

Definition

noun, plural: vacuoles

A membrane-bound vesicle found in the cytoplasm of a cell whose function includes intracellular secretion, excretion, storage, and digestion.


Supplement

It can be found in animal and plant cells, and it can be especially conspicuous in plant cells.


Word origin: Latin vacuolum, diminutive form of vacuum.

Related forms: vacuolar (adjective).
Related terms: condensing vacuole, contractile vacuole, digestive vacuole, gas vacuole.


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