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

  • n. A granular substance that stains easily with a basic dye and is often rich in phosphorus, found in the cytoplasm of various bacterial and fungal cells.

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  • n. A granular nucleoprotein complex found in the cytoplasm of some bacteria, yeasts and protozoa

Etymologies

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

German, from New Latin (Spirillum) volūtāns, species of bacterium in which it was first found, from Latin volūtāns, present participle of volūtāre, to roll around, frequentative of volvere, to roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.

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