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volutin

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noun vo·lu·tin \ˈväl-yə-ˌtin, və-ˈlü-tən\

Definition of volutin

  1. :  a granular basophilic substance containing nucleic acids that is found especially in cells of microorganisms



Origin of volutin

German, from New Latin volutans, specific epithet of the bacterium Spirillum volutans in which it was first found


First Known Use: 1908


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volutin

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noun vo·lu·tin \ˈväl-yə-ˌtin, və-ˈlüt-ən\

Medical Definition of volutin

  1. :  a granular basophilic substance containing nucleic acids that is found especially in cells of microorganisms (as bacteria, yeast, and protozoans) and is believed to function as a phosphate reserve—called also metachromatin




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