[ sahy-tuh-sawl, -sol ]
/ ˈsaɪ təˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl /
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noun Cell Biology.
the water-soluble components of cell cytoplasm, constituting the fluid portion that remains after removal of the organelles and other intracellular structures.
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Origin of cytosol
1965–70; cyto- + sol(ution), on the model of hydrosol, etc.
OTHER WORDS FROM cytosolcy·to·sol·ic [sahy-tuh-sol-ik], /ˌsaɪ təˈsɒl ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cytosol
/ (ˈsaɪtəʊˌsɒl) /
the solution of proteins and metabolites inside a biological cell, in which the organelles are suspended
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Scientific definitions for cytosol
[ sī′tə-sôl′, -sŏl′ ]
The fluid component of cytoplasm, containing the insoluble, suspended cytoplasmic components. In prokaryotes, all chemical reactions take place in the cytosol. In eukaryotes, the cytosol surrounds the organelles.
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