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.
- Basal anesthesia
basal anesthesia basal anesthesia n. Parenteral administration of one or more sedatives to produce a state of depressed consciousness short of a general anesthesia.
- Basal cell carcinoma
a common and usually curable skin cancer that arises from epithelial cells and rarely metastasizes: often associated with overexposure to sunlight. noun a slow-growing malignant but usually non-metastasizing skin cancer, mainly occurring in sun-damaged skin of the elderly and fair-skinned; also called basal cell epithelioma , rodent ulcer Usage Note medicine basal cell carcinoma n. […]
- Basal cell
any cell situated at the base of a multilayered tissue, as at the lowest layer of the epidermis. Historical Examples The antheridium consists at first of a basal cell and a terminal one. Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany Douglas Houghton Campbell B, Formation of the first spore-mother-cell (sm), from the basal cell (a) of […]
- Basal cell epithelioma
noun See basal cell carcinoma