Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the organ-like structures in the cell-body of an infusorian, such as the eye-spot, a myonema, the cytostome, cytoproct, contractile vacuole, etc.
“The works of this group of men gradually led, among other things, to the «materialization» of the gene - if I may be permitted to employ the expression - the conception lost most of its mystic shimmer, and the gene was now apprehended as a little cell organella which was accessible thanks to different experimental methods, perhaps a giant molecule of protein character, and, as Muller had first suggested, probably resembling the simpler types of virus which have been dealt with earlier this evening.”
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