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Bleb

Bleb \Bleb\, n. [Prov. E. bleb, bleib, blob, bubble, blister. This word belongs to the root of blub, blubber, blabber, and perh. blow to puff.] A large vesicle or bulla, usually containing a serous fluid; a blister; a bubble, as in water, glass, etc.

Arsenic abounds with air blebs.
--Kirwan.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bleb

c.1600, "blister or swelling," imitative. Also used for "bubble" (1640s), "protuberance on a cell surface" (1962).

Wiktionary
bleb

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

WordNet
bleb

n. (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid [syn: blister, bulla]

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Bleb

Bleb may refer to:

  • Bleb (cell biology), an irregular bulge in the plasma membrane of a cell
  • Bleb (medicine), a large blister filled with serous fluid, or jargon for an outpouching of any kind, from a vessel (see Aneurysm), or in the lungs (see Pneumothorax).
  • Bleb (mineralogy), a small bubble-like inclusion of one mineral within a larger mineral
  • Bleb, a book of poetry written by B-52 frontman Fred Schneider
Bleb (cell biology)

In cell biology, a bleb is a bulge, or protrusion of the plasma membrane of a cell, human bioparticulate or abscess with an internal environment similar to that of a simple cell, characterized by a spherical, bulky morphology. It is characterized by the decoupling of the cytoskeleton from the plasma membrane, degrading the internal structure of the cell, allowing the flexibility required to allow the cell to separate into individual bulges, or pockets of the intercellular matrix. Most commonly, blebs are seen in apoptosis (programmed cell death), but are also seen in other non-apoptotic functions. Blebbing or zeiosis is the formation of blebs.

Bleb (mineralogy)

In geology, mineralogy, and petrology, a bleb is a small bubble-like inclusion of one mineral within a larger mineral. An example is a bleb of sylvite within chlorite. Blebs tend to be brightly coloured.

Bleb (medicine)

In medicine, a bleb is a blister (often hemispherical) filled with serous fluid. Blebs can form in a number of tissues due to different pathologies, including frostbitten tissues, and as a cause of spontaneous pneumothorax.

In ophthalmology, blebs may be formed intentionally in the treatment of glaucoma. In such treatments, functional blebs facilitate the circulation of aqueous humor, the blockage of which will lead to increase in eye pressure. Use of collagen matrix wound modulation device such as ologen during glaucoma surgery is known to produce vascular and functional blebs, which are positively correlated with treatment success rate.

In the lungs, a bleb is a collection of air within the layers of the visceral pleura.

In breasts a bleb is a milk blister (also known as blocked nipple pore, nipple blister, or “milk under the skin”).

Usage examples of "bleb".

How ' d you li ke to have a drunken numbwit the only thing between your ass and a bleb of red-hot basalt?

He took a herendorf bleb from the medical kit Amerie had prepared for them and applied the dose to Burke's temple.

How'd you like to have a drunken numbwit the only thing between your ass and a bleb of red-hot basalt?

Then, quite slowly, the whole great bleb split and sloughed away and sank, growling, into a cauldron of dust.

Jamie said, bending over and pushing his own hair aside so I could reach the small dark bleb behind his ear.

Sometimes I see a milkiness in the blebs, you know, and I think it’s there to remind me of the babes—” While he maundered on, Tesla realized that the finery he’d unfurled was not a garment at all: It was his body.

The gems, the blebs as he’d called them, were indeed a kind of fruit, grown from flesh and sorrow.

Rare Utu loosed the wordOwen like a shriek, and started to pull at her captor, while Haheh’s body ran like butter in a furnace, the blebs bursting in wheels of colors and pouring off into the street.

  The gems, the blebs as he'd called them, were indeed a kind of fruit, grown from flesh and sorrow.

  Rare Utu loosed the word Owen like a shriek, and started to pull at her captor, while Haheh's body ran like butter in a furnace, the blebs bursting in wheels of colors and pouring off into the street.

Where the magus Kerein had been there stood a lumpy parody of humanity that appeared to be sculpted from grey blebs of cauliflower.

Spreading rings of dark blood began to seep through the front of its robes, dripping from the warty blebs that covered its naked skin.

The bites didn't hurt at first, but gradually turned into red blebs that burned like hot needles.

That’s when she noticed tiny blebs beneath the skin of his chest and when she pressed them with her fingers, they made tiny crinkly sounds, like bubbles in a plastic polymer.

If he survives the next few days, we'll get blebs and maybe have some tissue loss, but that's the least of our problems.