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(cell and molecular biology)
A cytoplasm component which shows an affinity for basic dyes; a form of the endoplasmic reticulum.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a basophilic cytoplasmic component of animal and plant cells, rich in ribonucleic acid, such as Nissl bodies in neurons. An electron microscope reveals such components in an ordered arrangement forming a granular endoplasmic reticulum.

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