heterokaryon

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

Definition of heterokaryon

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1941


Medical Dictionary

heterokaryon

noun het·ero·kary·on
variants: also

heterocaryon

\ˌhet-ə-rō-ˈkar-ē-ˌän, -ən\play

Medical Definition of heterokaryon

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


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