basal body

noun

Definition of basal body

: a minute distinctively staining cell organelle found at the base of a flagellum or cilium and identical to a centriole in structure

called also basal granule, kinetosome

Examples of basal body in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To use the app, a woman must take her temperature with a basal body thermometer, which provides accurate data to the 10th of a degree, every morning. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Fertility apps can be 'misleading' for women, review finds," 6 Apr. 2020 Something that sparked their research was a meta-analysis of 27 modern temperature studies where patients uniformly fell below the 98.6-degree mark, indicating that something was rotten in the state of basal body temperature. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Our Bodies Have Gotten Colder with Each Passing Decade," 9 Jan. 2020 The update also began letting users log other female health data like cervical mucus quality and basal body temperature. Julie Bogen, The Verge, "How period tracking apps helped me regain control after going off the pill," 23 Sep. 2018 With a pink icon featuring sperm on a clock, the application provides an array of trackers such as basal body temperature, ovulation and menstruation to advise the best days to try to conceive. Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Recovering from one child: China's growing fertility problem," 7 May 2018 The skin temperature tracker monitors your basal body temperature (BBT), which is your lowest body temperature during a period of rest (i.e., sleeping). Maria Mercedes Lara, PEOPLE.com, "Can a Wearable Fertility Tracker Actually Help You Get Pregnant? We Put It to the Test," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of basal body

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Basal body.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basal%20body. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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basal body

noun

Medical Definition of basal body

: a minute distinctively staining cell organelle found at the base of a flagellum or cilium and resembling a centriole in structure

called also basal granule, kinetosome

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