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An area of a cell in which mitochondria are aggregated (now rare, perhaps obsolete); (later) an organelle in the cytoplasm of certain protozoans that corresponds to a mitochondrion. Also: †a cytoplasmic structure formed by the remains of the mitotic spindle (obsolete).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of Morphology. From German Mitosoma from mito- + -soma.
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