American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A vacuole in which phagocytized food is digested.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A temporary vacuole or clear space in the endosarc of a protozoan, due to the presence of a particle of food, usually with a little water. It forms a kind of digestive cavity which travels about in the substance of the animal, and often has a kind of rhythmic systole and diastole.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) one of the spaces in the interior of a protozoan in which food is contained, during digestion.
- n. (Zoöl.) See under Food, and see
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