reticulate body

reticulate body
re·tic·u·late body ri-'tik-yə-lət- n a chlamydial cell of a spherical intracellular form that is larger than an elementary body and reproduces by binary fission

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the noninfectious intracellular form of the Chlamydiales, consisting of fibrillar nuclear material and more ribosomes than occur in elementary bodies (q.v.), surrounded by a thin trilaminar wall. Reticulate bodies reproduce within vacuoles in the host cell; following the reproductive cycle, reticulate bodies condense into elementary bodies, which are released from the cell. Called also initial b.

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