inclusion body


Definition of inclusion body

: an inclusion, abnormal structure, or foreign cell within a cell (such as the eosinophilic body formed by a cytomegalovirus or the abnormal filament characteristic of some myopathies)

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Recent Examples on the Web He was diagnosed in 2017 with inclusion body myositis, a slow-moving degenerative condition that’s causing his muscles to atrophy. Gary Graff, cleveland, "Peter Frampton’s rock ‘n’ roll life comes alive in pages of new memoir," 18 Oct. 2020 Four years earlier, Frampton had been diagnosed with inclusion body myositis, a degenerative muscle disorder that would gradually rob him of his ability to play guitar. Jordan Runtagh,, "Peter Frampton on His Final Tour and Battling the Rare Disease That Could End His Music Career," 26 Nov. 2019 The neuron in the center (yellow) contains an abnormal intracellular accumulation of huntingtin called an inclusion body (orange). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Huntington’s disease triggered by genetic instability in brain cells, study finds," 15 Aug. 2019 Pretty bold statement for a man who’s been diagnosed with inclusion body myositis, a degenerative muscle disease that eventually will take the pick out of his fingers and the guitar off his shoulder. Chuck Yarborough,, "Peter Frampton heads into the sunset with his fingers ablaze with ‘Finale: Farewell Tour’ stop at Blossom," 9 Aug. 2019 Stricken with inclusion body myositis, a debilitating muscular disease, Mr. Edell retired in 2001 after a 13-3 season. Mike Klingaman, Washington Post, "Dick Edell, Hall of Fame Maryland men’s lacrosse coach, dies at 74," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of inclusion body

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Inclusion body.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of inclusion body

: an inclusion, abnormal structure, or foreign cell within a cell specifically : an intracellular body that is characteristic of some virus diseases and that is the site of virus multiplication

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