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the process of forming vacuoles; the condition of being vacuolated.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Formation of vacuoles.
2. The condition of having vacuoles.
Synonym(s): vacuolization
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Histopathological scoring Groups AA E EA V PN MC Healthy 0 0 0 0 0 0 AR 3 2 3 0 3 3 AR+desloratadine 2 1 2 0 2 2 AR+misoprostol 1 0 1 1 2 0 AR+desloratadine+misoprostol 0 0 1 1 1 0 E: edema; AA: acinar atrophy; EA: inflammation area; V: vacuolization; PN: pyknotic nucleus; MC: mast cell.
Morphological modifications, such as the vacuolization of the hepatocytes, glycogen depletion, inflammations, changes in the shape of the sinusoid vessels, and neoplasms may be interpreted as a response to environmental stress or a pathological process caused by infections or parasites (Kohler, Deisemann, & Lauritzen, 1992; Teh, Adams, & Hinton, 1997).
Tubular atrophy in proximal tubules, tubular dilatation, vacuolization with proteinaceous substance deposition in the tubules, and cellular debris in tubular lumen that were seen in the IR group were observed to be reduced when compared to the DIPC+IR group (Figure 5c).
for more than 45 days demonstrated neurological sequelae because there was sufficient encephalic neuronal loss/death; although, cytoplasmic vacuolization was not present upon histopathological analysis (BARBOSA et al., 2007; 2007; LIMA et al.
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In copper deficiency, commonly observed abnormalities in bone marrow include vacuolization in a single or multiple cell lines including myeloid precursors.
While after the in vitro tests, it is determined that the morphology of the cells changes, there is a reduction in the density, and the vacuolization is evident in peritoneal macrophages.
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