bleb

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Possibly formed through mimesis, similarly to blob and blubber

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bleb (plural blebs)

  1. A bubble, such as in paint or glass
  2. (medicine) A large vesicle or bulla, usually containing a serous fluid
  3. (cytology) An irregular bulge in the plasma membrane of a cell undergoing apoptosis
  4. (geology) A bubble-like inclusion of one mineral within another

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Verb[edit]

bleb (third-person singular simple present blebs, present participle blebbing, simple past and past participle blebbed)

  1. To form, or cause the formation of, blebs
    • 1821, John Clare, “The Cross Roads”, in The Village Minstrel and Other Poems[1], page 84:
      And there, while big drops bow the grassy stems, / And bleb the withering hay with pearly gems,/ Dimple the brook, and patter in the leaves, / The song or tale ah hour's restraint relieves.
    • 1991, F. Zhang et al., “Lateral diffusion of membrane-spanning and glycosylphosphatidylinositol-linked proteins”[2], Journal of Cell Biology, volume 115: 
      Cells were blebbed by brief exposure (5-20 s) to 2 M NaCl-NaOH (pH 10.0) and then labeled with rhodamine-conjugated Fab fragments.

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