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 (pĭn′ə-sĭ-tō′sĭs, -sī-, pī′nə-)
Introduction of fluids into a cell by invagination of the cell membrane, followed by formation of vesicles within the cell.

[Greek pīnein, to drink; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots + cyt(o)- + -osis.]

pin′o·cy·tot′ic (-tŏt′ĭk) adj.


(Biology) biology a method by which a cell takes in and absorbs fluid by the process of invagination followed by tightening and closing off of the cell membrane


(ˌpɪn ə saɪˈtoʊ sɪs, ˌpaɪ nə-)

the endocytic transport of fluid into a living cell by the formation in the cell membrane of a separate tiny vacuole around each droplet.
[1931; < Greek pín(ein) to drink + -o- + -cyte + -osis, on the model of phagocytosis]
pin•o•cy•tot•ic (-saɪˈtɒt ɪk) pin`o•cyt′ic (-ˈsaɪ tɪk) adj.
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Noun1.pinocytosis - process by which certain cells can engulf and incorporate droplets of fluid
bodily function, bodily process, body process, activity - an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
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1,4) The spindle cells demonstrate numerous intermediate filaments, scant cytoplasmic organelles, and lack basal lamina, dense bodies, fibronexus junctions, and pinocytic vesicles.
14-16) Pinocytic vesicles, basal lamina, and primitive cell junctions are also identified.