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centrosome Syllabification: cen·tro·some
Pronunciation: /ˈsentrəˌsōm/

Definition of centrosome in English:


An organelle near the nucleus of a cell that contains the centrioles (in animal cells) and from which the spindle fibers develop in cell division.
Example sentences
  • A legacy of these ancient symbiotic interactions is that eukaryotic cells continue to show tight links between nuclei, centrosomes and microtubules in the form of Cell Bodies.
  • In most animal cells, the centrosome contains a pair of centrioles, which consist of an array of microtubules.
  • At metaphase, centrosomes initiate the bipolar microtubule spindle.


Late 19th century: from Latin centrum (see center) + Greek sōma 'body'.

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