Biology Question #132

Zach, a 13 year old male from the Internet asks on February 15, 2000,

How were the organelles in the cell named?

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on February 15, 2000

The organelles were named by the people who first saw them and studied them in the 18th and 19th century. These names were largely based on Greek and Latin roots. For example, for Mitochondrion, mito is Greek for 'thread', and chondrion is the diminutive of the Greek word chondros meaning 'grain'.

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