What is an organelle? What are some examples of an organelle?

2 Answers
Apr 19, 2017

An organelle is like the organs in your body. Without the organs your body won't or can't work. The same applies for the cells that make up your body.


We have MANY organs in our body. (Ex: Heart, Liver, Lungs etc.) The same applies for cells. As stated in your question, here are some examples:

  • lysosomes
  • nucleus
  • mitochondria
  • endoplasmic reticulum ( Known as the ER)

These are the parts of cells. All of these function so we can operate. Imagine it like this, what if your heart fails? You die. So, what if your cells start dying? You would die also. That's why organelle is important.

Apr 19, 2017

-In general, Organelle means ''small organ'' .


  • In your previous classes, you must have read the following sequence:
  • cell together join to forms tissue , tissue join together to forms organ ,organ to organ system and organ system into organelle.

  • So, the subcellular components are called as cell organelle.

  • Some examples are :

  • Endoplasmic reticulum
  • Golgi apparatus
  • Lysosomes
  • Mitochondria
  • Plastid etc.
    Hope this answer will help you.