lysosome

noun
ly·​so·​some | \ ˈlī-sə-ˌsōm How to pronounce lysosome (audio) \

Definition of lysosome

: a saclike cellular organelle that contains various hydrolytic enzymes — see cell illustration

Other Words from lysosome

lysosomal \ ˌlī-​sə-​ˈsō-​məl How to pronounce lysosome (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lysosome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its main task is to shuttle cellular detritus to the lysosome, an organelle containing digestive enzymes, where it can be chewed up and recycled. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 According to a study published in April 2020, mutations identified in the nonstructural protein NSP6 and open reading frame Orf10 likely prevent autophagosomes from delivering material to the lysosome. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 These drugs work by impairing a part of the cell called the lysosome, which basically breaks down and gets rid of cellular garbage. Popular Science, 15 Dec. 2020 Rather, they all are involved in sending cellular materials to the waste-recycling compartment called the lysosome. Amber Dance Knowable Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Sep. 2020 This allows the virus's genetic material to escape from the lysosome into the cell. TheWeek, 28 Mar. 2020 Bacteria and archaea have no nuclei, lysosomes, mitochondria or skeletons. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2020 Over the nine years since Sabatini’s talk, lysosomes have won more respect. Quanta Magazine, 25 Apr. 2017 Once there, the macrophages formed TNTs with injured cells and transferred lysosomes — tiny packages full of healthy enzymes — to the diseased cells, Cherqui explained. Quanta Magazine, 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lysosome

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lysosome

International Scientific Vocabulary lys- + -some entry 3

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lysosome

noun
ly·​so·​some | \ ˈlī-sə-ˌsōm \

Kids Definition of lysosome

: a tiny saclike part in a cell that contains enzymes which can break down materials (as food particles and waste)

lysosome

noun
ly·​so·​some | \ ˈlī-sə-ˌsōm How to pronounce lysosome (audio) \

Medical Definition of lysosome

: a saclike cellular organelle that contains various hydrolytic enzymes

Other Words from lysosome

lysosomal \ ˌlī-​sə-​ˈsō-​məl How to pronounce lysosome (audio) \ adjective
lysosomally \ -​mə-​lē How to pronounce lysosome (audio) \ adverb

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