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1. A membrane-bound organelle in the cytoplasm of most cells, especially plant cells, containing water and dissolved substances such as salts, sugars, enzymes, and amino acids.
2. A small extracellular cavity or space within tissues.
[French, from Latin vacuus, empty; see vacuum.]
vac′u·o′lar (-ō′lər, -lär′) adj.
(Biology) biology a fluid-filled cavity in the cytoplasm of a cell
[C19: from French, literally: little vacuum, from Latin vacuum]
vacuolate, vacuolated adj
1. a membrane-bound cavity within a cell, often containing a watery liquid or secretion..
2. a minute cavity or vesicle in organic tissue.
vac•u•o•lar (ˌvæk yuˈoʊ lər, ˈvæk yu ə-, ˈvæk yə lər) adj.
A space in a cell's cytoplasm that is surrounded by a membrane and filled with a watery fluid. The fluid stores food prior to digestion or waste products prior to excretion. See more at cell.
A saclike, fluid-filled cell organelle used for storage.
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|Noun||1.||vacuole - a tiny cavity filled with fluid in the cytoplasm of a cell|
cell - (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
n. vacuola, pequeña cavidad o espacio en el protoplasma celular que contiene líquido o aire.