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centrosome

[ sen-truh-sohm ]

noun

, Cell Biology.
  1. a small region near the nucleus in the cell cytoplasm, containing the centrioles.


centrosome

/ ˌsɛntrəˈsɒmɪk; ˈsɛntrəˌsəʊm /

noun

  1. a small body in a cell where microtubules are produced. In animal cells it surrounds the centriole Also calledcentrosphere


centrosome

/ sĕntrə-sōm′ /

  1. A specialized region of the cytoplasm that is located next to the nucleus of a cell and contains the centrioles. The cells of most eukaryotes except plants have centrosomes.


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Derived Forms

  • centrosomic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • cen·tro·som·ic [sen-tr, uh, -, som, -ik], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of centrosome1

First recorded in 1895–1900; centro- + -some 3

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Example Sentences

From each centrosome extremely delicate lines may be seen to radiate in two directions.

The radiated appearance would therefore be consequent and attendant on the physico-chemical activity of the centrosome.

When a cell is about to divide, an organ of recent discovery, termed the centrosome, comes into play.

Centrosome, an organ of cells most obvious during nuclear division, 93.

The centrosome now divides, the membranes of both nuclei disappear, and a spindle is formed.

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