organelle

noun

or·​gan·​elle ˌȯr-gə-ˈnel How to pronounce organelle (audio)
: a specialized cellular part (such as a mitochondrion, chloroplast, or nucleus) that has a specific function and is considered analogous to an organ

Examples of organelle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Offspring inherit the organelles from their mother, and durable proteins might ensure that mitochondria are sound when they are passed on via eggs. science.org, 3 July 2024 Two modules were especially likely to be disrupted in patients with Alzheimer’s: One included proteins involved in degrading and reprocessing proteins and organelles through processes like autophagy and ubiquitination, while the other was involved in glycolysis, the processing of sugars. Rohan Rajeev, STAT, 28 June 2024 These organelles are thoroughly integrated into the cell, being duplicated and distributed when cells divide. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 11 Apr. 2024 The organelles can each have a different pH and hold some molecules inside and keep others out. Bethany Brookshire, Scientific American, 27 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for organelle 

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin organella, from Latin organum

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of organelle was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Organelle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organelle. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

organelle

noun
or·​gan·​elle ˌȯr-gə-ˈnel How to pronounce organelle (audio)
: a structure (as a mitochondrion) in a cell that performs a special function

Medical Definition

organelle

noun
or·​gan·​elle ˌȯr-gə-ˈnel How to pronounce organelle (audio)
: a specialized cellular part (as a mitochondrion or nucleus) that has a specific function and is considered analogous to an organ

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