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peroxisome

[ puh-rok-suh-sohm ]
/ pəˈrɒk səˌsoʊm /
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noun Cell Biology.
a cell organelle containing catalase, peroxidase, and other oxidative enzymes and performing essential metabolic functions, as the decomposition of fatty acids and hydrogen peroxide.
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Origin of peroxisome

First recorded in 1965–70; perox(ide) + -some3

OTHER WORDS FROM peroxisome

per·ox·i·so·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for peroxisome

peroxisome
/ (pəˈrɒksɪˌsəʊm) /

noun
a type of organelle present in most eukaryotic cells that carry out oxidative reactions, such as oxidation of alcohol in the liver
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Scientific definitions for peroxisome

peroxisome
[ pə-rŏksĭ-sōm′ ]

A cell organelle containing enzymes that catalyze the production and breakdown of hydrogen peroxide.
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