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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A plastid that contains chlorophyll and is found in the cells of green plants and algae.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as chloroplastid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Biol.) A plastid containing chlorophyll, developed only in cells exposed to the light. Chloroplasts are minute flattened granules, usually occurring in great numbers in the cytoplasm near the cell wall, and consist of a colorless ground substance saturated with chlorophyll pigments. Under light of varying intensity they exhibit phototactic movements. In animals chloroplasts occur only in certain low forms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun cytology An organelle found in the cells of green plants, and in photosynthetic algae, where photosynthesis takes place.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun plastid containing chlorophyll and other pigments; in plants that carry out photosynthesis

Etymologies

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

[chloro– + plast(id).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

chloro- + -plast

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