Meaning of basal body

ba'sal bod"y

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— Cell Biol. Cell Biol.
  1. 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.
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