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plastid

[ plas-tid ]
/ ˈplæs tɪd /
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noun Cell Biology.
a small, double-membraned organelle of plant cells and certain protists, occurring in several varieties, as the chloroplast, and containing ribosomes, prokaryotic DNA, and, often, pigment.
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Origin of plastid

1875–80; <German Plastide<Greek plastid-, stem of plástis, feminine derivative of plástēs modeler, creator, derivative of plássein to form
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British Dictionary definitions for plastid

plastid
/ (ˈplæstɪd) /

noun
any of various small particles in the cytoplasm of the cells of plants and some animals that contain pigments, starch, oil, protein, etcSee chromoplast

Word Origin for plastid

C19: via German from Greek plastēs sculptor, from plassein to form
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Scientific definitions for plastid

plastid
[ plăstĭd ]

An organelle found in the cells of plants, green algae, red algae, and certain other protists. Like mitochondria, plastids have an inner and outer membrane, and contain their own DNA and ribosomes. Some plastids, such as the chloroplasts in plant leaves, contain pigments.
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