[per-i-kar-ee-on, -uhn]
noun, plural perikarya [per-i-kar-ee-uh] . Biology.

1895–1900; peri- + Greek káryon nut, kernel Unabridged
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perikaryon per·i·kar·y·on (pěr'ĭ-kār'ē-ŏn', -ən)
n. pl. per·i·kar·y·a (-kār'ē-ə)

  1. The cytoplasm of a cell, exclusive of its nucleus.

  2. The cell body of a neuron.

  3. The body of the odontoblast exclusive of the dentinal fiber.

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