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microsome

[ mahy-kruh-sohm ]
/ ˈmaɪ krəˌsoʊm /
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noun Cell Biology.

a small inclusion, consisting of ribosomes and fragments of the endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria, in the cytoplasm of a cell.

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Origin of microsome

First recorded in 1880–85; micro- + -some3

OTHER WORDS FROM microsome

mi·cro·so·mal, mi·cro·so·mi·al, mi·cro·so·mic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for microsome

microsome
/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌsəʊm) /

noun

any of the small particles consisting of ribosomes and fragments of attached endoplasmic reticulum that can be isolated from cells by centrifugal action

Derived forms of microsome

microsomal, adjective
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Medical definitions for microsome

microsome
[ mīkrə-sōm′ ]

n.

A small particle in the cytoplasm of a cell, typically consisting of fragmented endoplasmic reticulum to which ribosomes are attached.
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