organelle

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noun or·gan·elle \ˌȯr-gə-ˈnel\

Definition of organelle

  1. :  a specialized cellular part (such as a mitochondrion, chloroplast, or nucleus) that has a specific function and is considered analogous to an organ

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  • The cause of death was a subtle one: neonatal lactic acidosis, a problem brought about by a defect in the mitochondria – microscopic organelles that control the metabolism of individual cells – in her mother's egg.

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Origin and Etymology of organelle

New Latin organella, from Latin organum


ORGANELLE Defined for Kids

organelle

noun or·gan·elle \ˌȯr-gə-ˈnel\

Definition of organelle for Students

  1. :  a structure (as a lysosome) in a cell that performs a special function


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organelle

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noun or·gan·elle \ˌȯr-gə-ˈnel\

Medical Definition of organelle

  1. :  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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