heterokaryon

noun
het·​ero·​kary·​on | \ ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈker-ē-ˌän How to pronounce heterokaryon (audio) , -ən, -ˈka-rē-\

Definition of heterokaryon

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

First Known Use of heterokaryon

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterokaryon

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

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“Heterokaryon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterokaryon. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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heterokaryon

noun
het·​ero·​kary·​on
variants: also heterocaryon \ ˌhet-​ə-​rō-​ˈkar-​ē-​ˌän, -​ən How to pronounce heterocaryon (audio) \

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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