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thylakoid

[thahy-luh-koid] /ˈθaɪ ləˌkɔɪd/
noun, Cell Biology
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a flattened sac or vesicle lined with a pigmented membrane that is the site of photosynthesis, in plants and algae occurring in interconnected stacks constituting a granum of the chloroplast, and in other photosynthesizing organisms occurring either singly or as part of the cell membrane or other structure.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; < German Thylakoid < Greek thȳlakoeidḗs resembling a bag, equivalent to thȳ́lak(os) sack + -oēidēs -oid
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  • Inside it is an empty area called the thylakoid space or lumen.
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thylakoid
  (thī'lə-koid')   
A saclike membrane that contains the chlorophyll in cyanobacteria and in the chloroplasts of plant cells and green algae. In chloroplasts, thylakoids are arranged in stacks called grana.
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