elliptical galaxy


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elliptical galaxy

(i-lip -tă-kăl) See galaxies; Hubble classification.
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elliptical galaxy

[ə′lip·tə·kəl ′gal·ik·sē]
(astronomy)
A galaxy whose overall shape ranges from a spheroid to an ellipsoid, without any noticeable structural features. Also known as E galaxy; spheroidal galaxy.
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