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CytoplasmCentrosomeMicrotubule organizing centerCytoskeleton

Definition

The centrosome is a microtubule organizing center (MTOC) responsible for the nucleation and organisation of microtubules. It is composed of two orthogonally arranged centrioles, each one having a barrel shaped microtubule structure, and their surrounding pericentriolar material (PCM).

Synonyms

Category

› Cellular component

GOi

microtubule organizing center [ GO:0005815 ]