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Mitochondrial disease may be a factor in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  an organelle containing enzymes responsible for producing energy
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mitochondrial mitochondria mitochondrion
Note that "mitochondrion" is the singular form of "mitochondria". "Mitochondrial" is typically used in the phrase "mitochondrial DNA" (DNA outside of the cell nucleus that is inherited from the mother).

Mitochondria are inherited only from the mother, as part of the egg cell. The sperm’s mitochondria reside in its tail and are left behind at fertilization.
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  • Mitochondrial disease may be a factor in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • She thinks that cancer cells use glycolysis rather than metabolizing sugar in their mitochondria.
  • tracing mitochondrial DNA
  • Matter changes hands, atoms flow in and out, molecules pivot, proteins stitch together, mitochondria send out their oxidative dictates; we begin as a microscopic electrical swarm.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • But an electron microscope can follow all the minor routes, the byroads, and can outline very small structures within the cell—mitochondria, ribosomes, membranes, reticula.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Willis X-RAY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY ANALYSIS SHOWED that the Andromeda organism was not composed of component parts, as a normal cell was composed of nucleus, mitochondria, and ribosomes.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
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Associated words [difficulty]:   mitochondria [9] , cilia [9] , cytoplasm [9]
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