volutin

noun
vo·​lu·​tin | \ ˈväl-yə-ˌtin How to pronounce volutin (audio) , və-ˈlü-tᵊn How to pronounce volutin (audio) \

Definition of volutin

: a granular basophilic substance containing nucleic acids that is found especially in cells of microorganisms

First Known Use of volutin

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for volutin

German, from New Latin volutans, specific epithet of the bacterium Spirillum volutans in which it was first found

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“Volutin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volutin. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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volutin

noun
vo·​lu·​tin | \ ˈväl-yə-ˌtin How to pronounce volutin (audio) , və-ˈlüt-ᵊn How to pronounce volutin (audio) \

Medical Definition of volutin

: a granular basophilic substance containing nucleic acids that is found especially in cells of microorganisms (as bacteria, yeast, and protozoans) and is believed to function as a phosphate reserve

called also metachromatin

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