Basal body



a cylindrical organelle, within the cytoplasm of flagellated and ciliated cells, that contains microtubules and forms the base of a flagellum or cilium: identical in internal structure to a centriole.

basal body n.
A cellular organelle associated with the formation of cilia and flagella and resembling the centriole in structure. Also called basal granule.

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