dictyosome

noun

dic·​tyo·​some ˈdik-tē-ə-ˌsōm How to pronounce dictyosome (audio)
: golgi apparatus sense 1

Note: Dictyosome is used especially in reference to plants, algae, and single-celled organisms.

Word History

Etymology

dictyo- + -some entry 3

Note: Term introduced by the English biologist John Edmund Sharrock Moore (1870-1947) in "Some Points in the Origin of the Reproductive Elements in Apus and Branchipus," Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science, no. 138 (September, 1893), vol. 35, p. 263: "At this period of the metamorphosis … a number of most remarkable bodies make their appearance, more or less exclusively related to the cell periphery, but connected one to another and to the inner group of chromosomes by fine strands, which remain uncoloured by reagents; and, and as their relation to these fine threads suggests the nodal points in a net, I have termed them dictyosomes … ."

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dictyosome was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Dictyosome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dictyosome. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

dictyosome

noun
dic·​tyo·​some ˈdik-tē-ə-ˌsōm How to pronounce dictyosome (audio)
: golgi apparatus sense 1

Note: Dictyosome is used especially in reference to plants, algae, and single-celled organisms.

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