- a small region near the nucleus in the cell cytoplasm, containing the centrioles.
Origin of centrosome
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In the centre of each aster is a Centrosome, and this may have a Centrosphere about it.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
The centrosome was also conspicuous in all of the cells of this group.Studies in Spermatogenesis (Part 1 of 2)
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The centrosome, with its fibres, brings about the separation of these two halves.
It is true that we may not yet know the source of this centrosome.
The centrosome is too problematical as yet for much comment.
- a small body in a cell where microtubules are produced. In animal cells it surrounds the centrioleAlso called: centrosphere
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Word Origin and History for centrosome
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- A small region of cytoplasm adjacent to the nucleus that contains the centrioles and serves to organize microtubules.cytocentrum microcentrum
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- 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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