- a small granular cell body close to the nucleus in some flagellate protozoansAlso called: kinetonucleus (kɪˌnɛtəʊˈnjuːklɪəs)
Word Origin for kinetoplast
C20: from Greek; see kinetic, -plast
kinetoplast(kə-nĕt′ə-plăst′, -nē′tə-, kī-)
- An independently replicating rod-shaped structure lying near the base of the flagellum in certain parasitic protozoans.
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