centriole

noun
cen·​tri·​ole | \ˈsen-trē-ˌōl \

Definition of centriole 

: one of a pair of cellular organelles that occur especially in animals, are found near the nucleus, function in the formation of the spindle (see spindle entry 1 sense 2a) fibers during cell division, and consist of a cylinder with nine microtubules arranged peripherally in a circle — see cell illustration

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Larger cells lack flagella and instead use the centrioles full time for cell division. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of centriole

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centriole

German Zentriol, from Zentrum center

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The first known use of centriole was in 1895

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centriole

noun
cen·​tri·​ole | \ˈsen-trē-ˌōl \

Medical Definition of centriole 

: one of a pair of cellular organelles that occur especially in animals, are found near the nucleus, function in the formation of the spindle apparatus during cell division, and consist of a cylinder with nine microtubules arranged peripherally in a circle

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