Definition of basal body in English:

basal body

Syllabification: ba·sal bod·y
(also basal granule)

noun

  • An organelle that forms the base of a flagellum or cilium and that is similar to a centriole in structure and function. Also called kinetosome.
    More example sentences
    • Centrioles have the same structure as basal bodies, but have no transition zone.
    • Perl cells inspected at LDT 9 had one dense spot of staining near the basal body of the flagella and less-intensely stained particles elsewhere.
    • The co-overexpression of all four proteins led to overproduction of membrane-associated, partial basal body structures.

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