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Postby Nelsson » Fri May 09, 2008 7:10 pm

Hi! what exactly is the difference between cytoplasm and cytosol?
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Postby MichaelXY » Fri May 09, 2008 7:56 pm

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Postby MrMistery » Fri May 09, 2008 8:53 pm

Although technically the cytosol is the part of the cytoplasm other than organelles, the two terms are sometimes used as synonyms. It depends on how strict you are...
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Postby MichaelXY » Fri May 09, 2008 8:55 pm

From Wiki:
The cytoplasm has three major elements; the cytosol, organelles and inclusions. The cytosol is the semi-transparent fluid in which the other cytoplasmic elements are suspended.
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Postby MrMistery » Fri May 09, 2008 8:58 pm

i know what the definition is, i stated it too.
It's like the word genome: in the definition it is the haploid set of genes. However most of us use it for the diploid set too.
I don't use cytosol for cytoplasm, nor the other way around. But some people do, including some rather good professors i've met. Terms aren't that important.
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