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mitochondrion

noun mi·to·chon·dri·on \ˌmī-tə-ˈkän-drē-ən\
plural mi·to·chon·dria\-drē-ə\

Definition of MITOCHONDRION

:  any of various round or long cellular organelles of most eukaryotes that are found outside the nucleus, produce energy for the cell through cellular respiration, and are rich in fats, proteins, and enzymes — see cell illustration
mi·to·chon·dri·al \-drē-əl\ adjective

Origin of MITOCHONDRION

New Latin, from Greek mitos thread + chondrion, diminutive of chondros grain
First Known Use: 1901

mitochondrion

noun mi·to·chon·dri·on \ˌmīt-ə-ˈkän-drē-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural mi·to·chon·dria \-drē-ə\

Medical Definition of MITOCHONDRION

:  any of various round or long cellular organelles of most eukaryotes that are found outside the nucleus, produce energy for the cell through cellular respiration, and are rich in fats, proteins, and enzymes—called also chondriosome
mi·to·chon·dri·al \-drē-əl\ adjective
mi·to·chon·dri·al·ly \-ē\ adverb

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