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centrosome

 [sen´tro-sōm]
a specialized area of condensed cytoplasm containing the centrioles and playing an important part in mitosis.

cy·to·cen·trum

(sī'tō-sen'trŭm),
A zone of cytoplasm containing one or two centrioles but devoid of other organelles; usually located near the nucleus of a cell.
[cyto- + G. kentron, center]

centrosome

/cen·tro·some/ (sen´tro-sōm) a specialized area of condensed cytoplasm containing the centrioles and playing an important part in mitosis.

centrosome

(sĕn′trə-sōm′)
n.
A small region of cytoplasm adjacent to the nucleus that contains the centrioles and serves to organize microtubules.

cen′tro·so′mic (-sō′mĭk) adj.

centrosome

Etymology: Gk, kentron + soma, body
a self-propagating cytoplasmic organelle present in animal cells and in those of some lower plants. The structure, which consists of the centrosphere and the centrioles, is located near the nucleus of the cell center or attraction sphere and functions as the dynamic center of the cell, especially during mitosis. Also called cytocentrum, microcentrum, paranuclear body.

centrosome

(1) Uncertain; possibly the microtubule organising centre (MTOC). 
(2) The smallest hypothetical unit of life, the cytocentrum.

cy·to·cen·trum

(sī'tō-sen'trŭm)
A zone of cytoplasm containing one or two centrioles but devoid of other organelles; usually located near the nucleus of a cell.
Synonym(s): centrosome, microcentrum.
[cyto- + G. kentron, center]

centrosome

A small mass of CYTOPLASM, lying near the nucleus of a cell and consisting of a pair of centrioles, which divides into two parts before cell division. These migrate to the poles of the cell and the spindle develops between them.

centrosome

an area of cell CYTOPLASM found near the nucleus, whose function is thought to be the organization of nuclear division since it is capable of assembling and disassembling MICROTUBULES. When nuclear division starts, the centrosome divides into two organizing centres which migrate to each pole (along with the CENTRIOLES, if present) and the spindle develops between them.

centrosome

a specialized area of condensed cytoplasm containing the centrioles and playing an important part in mitosis.