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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.


(ˌpaɪnəʊsaɪˈtɒtɪk) or


(Biology) biology formed by or relating to the process of pinocytosis
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31,32) Hofbauer cells have many histologic features of macrophages in other organs--they are large (10-30-[micro]m diameter) cells with cytoplasmic processes, and contain large vacuoles, pinocytotic vesicles, and intracytoplasmic granules.
FSBM induces significantly lower morphological changes such as disintegration of microvilli, absence of granulated pinocytotic vacuoles, etc in fingerling rainbow trouts (Yamamoto et al.
Hence, most promising drug delivery through brain capillaries is possible by augmentation of pinocytotic vesicles.
The apical cytoplasmic membrane forms pinocytotic pits, and the subapical cytoplasm contains numerous pinocytotic vesicles.
Examination of tumor cells on electron microscopy will reveal (1) desmosomes, (2) arrays of cytoplasmic, uniformly dispersed microfilaments in the presence or absence of dense bodies, and (3) pinocytotic vesicles with basal lamina separating the tumor cells from the stroma.
The small pits observed scattered over the cell surface probably represent pinocytotic vesicles, previously documented (SVEDBERGH & BILL, 1972).
Cells with absorptive function that is rarely observed in the epithelial layer have microvilli on the free surface; and several pinocytotic vesicles, multivesicular bodies, and mitochondria were found in the upper portion of cytoplasm (Fig.