ki·​net·​o·​plast kə-ˈne-tə-ˌplast How to pronounce kinetoplast (audio)
: a DNA-containing organelle especially of trypanosomes usually found in an elongated mitochondrian located adjacent to the basal body

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First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kinetoplast was in 1925

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“Kinetoplast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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ki·​neto·​plast kə-ˈnet-ə-ˌplast How to pronounce kinetoplast (audio) kī- How to pronounce kinetoplast (audio)
: an extranuclear DNA-containing organelle of kinetoplastid protozoans that is usually found in an elongated mitochondrion located adjacent to the basal body
kinetoplastic adjective
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