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centrosome

[sen-truh-sohm] /ˈsɛn trəˌsoʊm/
noun, Cell Biology
1.
a small region near the nucleus in the cell cytoplasm, containing the centrioles.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; centro- + -some3
Related forms
centrosomic
[sen-truh-som-ik] /ˌsɛn trəˈsɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for centrosome

centrosome

/ˈsɛntrəˌsəʊm/
noun
1.
a small body in a cell where microtubules are produced. In animal cells it surrounds the centriole Also called centrosphere
Derived Forms
centrosomic (ˌsɛntrəˈsɒmɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for centrosome
n.

1889, from German centrosoma (1888), coined by German zoologist Theodor Boveri (1862-1915), from centro- (see center (n.)) + -some (3)).

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centrosome in Medicine

centrosome cen·tro·some (sěn'trə-sōm')
n.
A small region of cytoplasm adjacent to the nucleus that contains the centrioles and serves to organize microtubules. Also called cytocentrum, microcentrum.

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centrosome in Science
centrosome
  (sěn'trə-sōm')   
A specialized region of the cytoplasm that is located next to the nucleus of a cell and contains the centrioles. The cells of most eukaryotes except plants have centrosomes.
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