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endocytosis Syllabification: en·do·cy·to·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌendōsīˈtōsəs/

Definition of endocytosis in English:


The taking in of matter by a living cell by invagination of its membrane to form a vacuole.
Example sentences
  • During endocytosis, the cell membrane on which the toxin sits gradually encircles the protein complex in an acidic sac or endosome.
  • In secretory cells membrane trafficking, specifically endocytosis, is inhibited at low pH.
  • They undergo rapid endocytosis at higher substrate concentration.


Pronunciation: /ˌendōsīˈtōs/ /-ˈtōz/
Example sentences
  • They could be endocytosed from the cell surface and degraded via the proteasome mechanism or some other pathway.
  • It is speculated that these bacteria were endocytosed, but rather than being consumed by the host cell, they became permanent residents, maintaining their own membranes while remaining surrounded by a host membrane as well.
  • This marker is quickly endocytosed through coated pits into coated vesicles.
Pronunciation: /-ˈtätik/
Example sentences
  • Also, formation of endocytotic vesicles at the plasma membrane involves proteins that can severely bend membranes.
  • In many cells, endocytotic membrane retrieval is accelerated by this chemical.
  • Here we summarize what is known of endocytotic cycling in animals and compare those mechanisms with what is known in plants.
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