heterokaryon

noun het·ero·kary·on \ ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈker-ē-ˌän , -ən , -ˈka-rē- \

Definition of heterokaryon

: a cell (as in the mycelium of a fungus) that contains two or more genetically unlike nuclei

Origin and Etymology of heterokaryon

New Latin, from heter- + karyon, nucleus, from Greek, nut, kernel


Medical Dictionary

heterokaryon

noun het·ero·kary·on
variants: also heterocaryon play \ˌhet-ə-rō-ˈkar-ē-ˌän, -ən\

medical Definition of heterokaryon

: a cell in the mycelium of a fungus that contains two or more genetically unlike nuclei — compare homokaryon

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