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

  • n. The filamentous, achromatic material in the nucleus of a cell that interconnects chromatin granules.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The crystallizable bitter principle of Linum catharticum, or purging-flax.
  • n. The substance which forms the reticulum of the nucleus and incloses the chromatin.

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

  • n. an obsolete term for the network of viscous material in the cell nucleus on which the chromatin granules were thought to be suspended


Latin līnum, thread; see librevema.gifno- in Indo-European roots + -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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