Definition of kinetoplast in English:


Syllabification: ki·ne·to·plast
Pronunciation: /kəˈnetəˌplast, -ˈnētə-


  • A mass of mitochondrial DNA lying close to the nucleus in some flagellate protozoa.
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    • It is important to see the nucleus and the rod-shaped kinetoplast, a mitochondrial structure containing extranuclear DNA, to diagnose leishmaniasis.
    • The mitochondrial DNA is condensed into a massive body called the kinetoplast.
    • Numerous histiocytes contained small oval organisms with bar-shaped paranuclear kinetoplasts, morphologically consistent with leishmanial parasites.

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