from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A basal body in certain flagellated protozoans that consists of a minute mass of chromatin embedded in the cytoplasm at the base of the flagellum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A specialized cilia-forming protoplasmic organ of the sperm-cells of certain plants.
  • n. In protozoans, a minute granule, of unknown function, at the base of each flagellum, as in Multicilia.


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