n. [Gr. kytos, container; aster, star]
An aster-like figure in animal cells containing the centrioles, formed in cytoplasm outside the nucleus before mitosis and meiosis.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • cytaster — /suy tas teuhr, suy tas /, n. Biol. aster. [1890 95; CYT(O) + ASTER2] * * * …   Universalium

  • cytaster — cyt·as·ter sīt .as tər n ASTER …   Medical dictionary

  • cytaster — cy·tas·ter …   English syllables

  • cytaster — /saɪˈtæstə/ (say suy tastuh), /ˈsaɪ / (say suy ) noun → aster (def. 3) …   Australian English dictionary

  • cytaster — (ˈ)sī|tastə(r) noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary cyt + aster (achromatic substance); originally formed as German zytaster 1. : aster 3 2. : an accessory aster not associated with the chromosomes …   Useful english dictionary

  • aster — SYN: astrosphere. [Mod. L. fr. G. a., a star] sperm a. sperm a.. * * * as·ter as tər n a system of gelated cytoplasmic rays arranged radially about a centriole at either end of the mitotic or meiotic spindle called also cytaster * * * n. a star… …   Medical dictionary

  • aster — /ˈæstə/ (say astuh) noun 1. Botany any plant of the large genus Aster, family Compositae, having rays varying from white or pink to blue around a yellow disc. 2. a plant of some allied genus, as Stokesia cyanea (Stoke s aster). 3. Also, cytaster …   Australian English dictionary

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