- a cylindrical organelle, within the cytoplasm of flagellated and ciliated cells, that contains microtubules and forms the base of a flagellum or cilium: identical in internal structure to a centriole.
Origin of basal body
First recorded in 1900–05
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- A cellular organelle associated with the formation of cilia and flagella and resembling the centriole in structure.basal granule
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