metachromatic body


A concentrated deposit of phosphate polymer, lipid, and nucleoprotein occurring in many bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa, and having staining properties different from those of the surrounding protoplasm.

Nearby words

  1. metacentric chromosome,
  2. metacentric height,
  3. metacercaria,
  4. metachromasia,
  5. metachromatic,
  6. metachromatic leukodystrophy,
  7. metachromatic stain,
  8. metachromatism,
  9. metachromophil,
  10. metachronous

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