parabasal body


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par·a·ba·sal bod·y

a term formerly equivalent to the DNA kinetoplast, part of the giant mitochondrion of certain parasitic flagellates. The parabasal body plus the basal body were previously thought to comprise a kinetoplast, or locomotory apparatus, but kinetoplast is now restricted to part of the DNA giant mitochondrion and parabasal body is a distinct structure near the nucleus, probably equivalent to the metazoan Golgi apparatus.

par·a·ba·sal body

(par'ă-bā'săl bod'ē)
Part of the giant mitochondrion of certain parasitic flagellates. The parabasal body plus the basal body were previously thought to constitute a kinetoplast, but kinetoplast is now restricted to part of the DNA giant mitochondrion.