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any of the cytoplasmic particles found in kidney and liver cells and in certain other cells, surrounded by a limiting membrane, and containing dense crystalline-like inclusions and oxidases.


A cytoplasmic organelle, bounded by a single membrane and containing oxidative enzymes. Microbodies include peroxisomes and glyoxysomes.


Any usually rounded, (single-)membrane-bound cytoplasmic organelle that contains oxidative enzymes and digests cellular debris.

Glycosomes, peroxisomes.


A membrane-bound organelle occurring in nearly all eukaryotic cells that often contains oxidative enzymes relating to the formation and degradation of H2O2.
Synonym(s): microbody.
[peroxide + G. sōma, body]
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These results strongly suggested that the catalase activity and the concomitant increase of microbodies might be essential for the metabolism of hydrocarbons.
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Basic eukaryotic cells are composed of double-membrane-bound organelles (cell nucleus, mitochondrion and plastid and single- membranebound organelles (ER, Golgi apparatus, lysosomes (vacuoles), microbodies).
His team examined samples chipped from the fossil and saw what he considers the telltale orbs of melanosomes--mostly impressions in the rock but also some microbodies, the 3-D structures themselves.
(1966) Peroxisomes (microbodies and related particles).