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agranular endoplasmic reticulum


Definition: endoplasmic reticulum that is lacking in ribosomes; involved in synthesis of complex lipids and fatty acids, detoxification of drugs, carbohydrate synthesis, and sequestering of Ca++.

Synonym(s): smooth-surfaced endoplasmic reticulum

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