endoplasmic reticulum

noun
|Updated on: 7 Jun 2018

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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1947

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ENDOPLASMIC RETICULUM Defined for Kids

endoplasmic reticulum

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

Definition of endoplasmic reticulum for Students

: 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

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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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