mitochondrion

Mitochondria in the lungs of a mammal.

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From Ancient Greek μίτος (mitos, thread) + χονδρίον (chondrion), diminutive of χόνδρος (chondros, grain, morsel)

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mitochondrion (plural mitochondria)

  1. (cytology) A spherical or ovoid organelle found in the cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells, contains genetic material separate from that of the host; it is responsible for the conversion of food to usable energy in the form of ATP.

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