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

Definition of basal body in English:


An organelle that forms the base of a flagellum or cilium. Also called kinetosome.
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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