sarcoplasmic reticulum

[sahr-kuh-plaz-mik]
noun Cell Biology.
  1. a system of membrane-bound tubules that surrounds muscle fibrils, releasing calcium ions during contraction and absorbing them during relaxation.

Origin of sarcoplasmic reticulum

First recorded in 1950–55; sarco- + plasm(a) + -ic
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sarcoplasmic reticulum in Medicine

sarcoplasmic reticulum

n.
  1. The endoplasmic reticulum found in striated muscle fibers.
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