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Pronunciation: ro'fe-o-si-to'sis

Definition: Formation of vacuoles at a cell surface without prior formation of cytoplasmic projections, by which the cell appears to aspirate surrounding material.

[G. rhopheo, to gulp down, or aspirate, + kytos, cell, + -osis, condition]

See Also: pinocytosis

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