endoplasmic reticulum

noun

Definition of endoplasmic reticulum 

: a system of interconnected vesicular and lamellar cytoplasmic membranes that functions especially in the transport of materials within the cell and that is studded with ribosomes in some places — see cell illustration

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Our cells have many compartments — lysosomes for breaking down food molecules, for example, and the endoplasmic reticulum for moving proteins around the cell. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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endoplasmic reticulum

noun
en·​do·​plas·​mic re·​tic·​u·​lum | \ˌen-də-ˈplaz-mik-ri-ˈti-kyə-ləm\

Kids Definition of <span class="syl">en</span><span class="syl">do</span><span class="syl">plas</span><span class="syl">mic re</span><span class="syl">tic</span><span class="syl">u</span><span class="syl">lum</span>

: a system of cavities and tiny connecting canals that occupy much of the cytoplasm of the cell and functions especially in the movement of materials within the cell

endoplasmic reticulum

noun

Medical Definition of endoplasmic reticulum 

: a system of interconnected vesicular and lamellar cytoplasmic membranes that functions especially in the transport of materials within the cell and that is studded with ribosomes in some places — see rough endoplasmic reticulum

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