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Golgi Apparatus Lesson for Kids: Definition & Function

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

The Golgi apparatus is a type of organelle that is found inside the cells of your body. Its job is to package up proteins and ship them to different parts of the cell. Learn more about the functions of the Golgi apparatus.

Golgi Apparatus

Your body is made up of trillions of cells, and each of your cells is like a tiny town with factories that make products and packaging centers that box up the products and ship them off. These cell factories are called organelles. In this lesson, you'll learn about one type of organelle called the Golgi apparatus. It's the packaging center of the cell.

Golgi apparatus
Golgi apparatus

Golgi is pronounced 'gol-gee.' The Golgi apparatus, or Golgi body as it's sometimes called, is named after Camillo Golgi, the Italian biologist that discovered the organelle. If you were to look at the Golgi apparatus under a powerful microscope, you might think it looks like a stack of pancakes. Wouldn't it be nice if Mr. Golgi had named this organelle the pancake? It sure would be easier to remember its name!

Location

The Golgi apparatus floats in the cytoplasm of your cells. Cytoplasm is the jelly-like fluid inside the cell membrane. When you look in the cytoplasm, you'll find the Golgi apparatus near another organelle called the rough endoplasmic reticulum, or rough ER. These two organelles like to hang out in the same neighborhood because they work together. The rough ER makes proteins and sends them to the Golgi apparatus.

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