Medical Definition of Ribosome

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Reviewed on 10/10/2018

Ribosome: a structure found within individual cells that synthesize proteins. Ribsomes are an example of a cellular organelle, or a particle within a cell that performs a specific function. All living cells contain thousands to millions of ribosomes.

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References
Ribosomes. Moleculer Expressions&tm; Cell Biology and Microscopy Structure and Function of Cells & Viruses. Updated: Nov 13, 2005.