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organelle Syllabification: or·gan·elle
Pronunciation: /ˌôrɡəˈnel/

Definition of organelle in English:


Any of a number of organized or specialized structures within a living cell.
Example sentences
  • Scattered throughout the plasma in cells are organelles called mitochondria.
  • Mitochondria are highly dynamic organelles undergoing rapid movement within the cell.
  • Cilia and flagella are cell organelles for motility and are conserved among a variety of eukaryotic organisms.


Early 20th century: from modern Latin organella, diminutive of organum 'instrument, tool' (see organ).

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