agranular reticulum

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 [rĕ-tik´u-lum] (L.)
1. a small network, especially a protoplasmic network in cells.
agranular reticulum smooth-surfaced endoplasmic reticulum.
endoplasmic reticulum an ultramicroscopic organelle of nearly all higher plant and animal cells, consisting of a system of membrane-bound cavities in the cytoplasm, occurring in two types: granular or rough-surfaced, bearing large numbers of ribosomes on its outer surface, and agranular or smooth-surfaced.
granular reticulum rough-surfaced endoplasmic reticulum.
sarcoplasmic reticulum a form of agranular reticulum in the sarcoplasm of striated muscle, comprising a system of smooth-surfaced tubules surrounding each myofibril.
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