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acrosome

[ak-ruh-sohm] /ˈæk rəˌsoʊm/
noun, Cell Biology
1.
an organelle covering the head of animal sperm and containing enzymes that digest the egg cell coating, thus permitting the sperm to enter the egg.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < German Akrosoma; see acro-, -some3
Related forms
acrosomal, adjective
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acrosome

/ˈækrəˌsəʊm/
noun
1.
a cap-like structure on the tip of a spermatozoon that releases enzymes on encountering the ovum allowing fusion with the ovum in the sexual reproductive process; this part of the process is known as the acrosome reaction
Word Origin
C19: from acro- + -some³
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acrosomal in Medicine

acrosome ac·ro·some (āk'rə-sōm')
n.
See acrosomal cap.


ac'ro·so'mal (-sō'məl) adj.
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