centrosome

noun
cen·​tro·​some | \ ˈsen-trə-ˌsōm How to pronounce centrosome (audio) \

Definition of centrosome

1 : centriole
2 : the centriole-containing region of clear cytoplasm adjacent to the cell nucleus

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Recent Examples on the Web These asters, constructed of hollow rods called microtubules, sprout from a structure known as the centrosome, which organizes the microtubules. Quanta Magazine, "Unscrambled Eggs: Self-Organization Restores Cells’ Order," 2 Jan. 2020 Within these boundaries, the microtubules organized themselves, ultimately producing compartments that closely resembled those formed under the guidance of sperm centrosomes. Quanta Magazine, "Unscrambled Eggs: Self-Organization Restores Cells’ Order," 2 Jan. 2020 In the wake of their discovery, Jülicher assigned his new student, Zwicker, the task of unraveling the physics of centrosomes, organelles involved in animal cell division that also seemed to behave like droplets. Quanta Magazine, "Dividing Droplets Could Explain Life’s Origin," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of centrosome

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of centrosome was in 1895

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“Centrosome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centrosome. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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centrosome

noun
cen·​tro·​some | \ ˈsen-trə-ˌsōm How to pronounce centrosome (audio) \

Medical Definition of centrosome

1 : centriole
2 : the centriole-containing region of clear cytoplasm adjacent to the cell nucleus

Other Words from centrosome

centrosomic \ ˌsen-​trə-​ˈsō-​mik How to pronounce centrosome (audio) \ adjective

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