How do lysosomes differ from peroxisomes?

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Jan 6, 2015

Lysosomes break up food so that it is easy to digest and uptake for the cell and the body. Lysosomes are typically found in animal cells.
Lysosomes main function is to entail digesting excess or worn- out organelles, food particles, and engulfing and destroying foreign bodies that could harm the cell, like viruses or bacteria.

The membrane around a lysosome allows the digestive enzymes to work at a pH of 4.5, which is the optimum pH required by the lysosome for functioning.

Peroxisomes morphologically similar to lysosomes, but they are assembled, like mitochondria and chloroplasts.

Peroxisomes contain at least 50 different types of enzymes, which are involved in a variety of biochemical pathways in different types of cells.
Peroxisomes break down organic matter like urea etc.

SO, in my opinion both, lysosomes and peroxisomes have a job of breaking down substances. However, lysosomes break down pathogens and substances that attack our body, while peroxisomes break down organic matter like urea.

Sorry if my answerisn't perfect. This topic is indeed confusing.