a cell organelle containing enzymes that digest particles and that disintegrate the cell after its death.
- ly·so·so·mal, adjective
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How to use lysosome in a sentence
In animal cells, several of these small sac-like structures work a bit like lysosomes, helping to recycle wastes.
There’s the lysosome, a bag of sizzling acid that’s a waste disposal tool to break down the cell’s gunk.Scientists Create Artificial Mitochondria That Can Make Energy for Damaged Cells | Shelly Fan | September 21, 2021 | Singularity Hub
British Dictionary definitions for lysosome
any of numerous small particles, containing digestive enzymes, that are present in the cytoplasm of most cells
- lysosomal, adjective
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Scientific definitions for lysosome
A cell organelle that is surrounded by a membrane, has an acidic interior, and contains hydrolytic enzymes that break down food molecules, especially proteins and other complex molecules. Lysosomes fuse with vacuoles to digest their contents. The digested material is then transported across the organelle's membrane for use in or transport out of the cell. See more at cell.
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