contractile vacuole


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contractile vacuole

[kən′trak·təl ′vak·yə·wōl]
(cell and molecular biology)
A tiny, intracellular, membranous bladder that functions in maintaining intra- and extracellular osmotic pressures in equilibrium, as well as excretion of water, such as occurs in protozoans.
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