volutin


vo·lu·tin

noun \ˈväl-yə-ˌtin, və-ˈlü-tən\

Definition of VOLUTIN

:  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

vo·lu·tin

noun \ˈväl-yə-ˌtin, və-ˈlüt-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VOLUTIN

: 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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