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 1spindle 2a) fibers during cell division, and consist of a cylinder with nine microtubules arranged peripherally in a circle — see cell illustration

Origin and Etymology of centriole

German Zentriol, from Zentrum center


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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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