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Pronunciation: kos'ta, -te


  1. [I–XII].
  2. A rodlike internal supporting organelle that runs along the base of the undulating membrane of certain flagellate parasites such as Trichomonas.

Synonym(s): rib [I–XII]

Synonym(s): basal rod


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