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

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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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1888, in the meaning defined above

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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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