macronucleus

noun mac·ro·nu·cle·us \ ˌma-krō-ˈnü-klē-əs , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of macronucleus

: a relatively large densely staining nucleus of most ciliate protozoans that is derived from micronuclei and controls various nonreproductive functions

macronuclear

play \ˌmak-rō-ˈnü-klē-ər, -ˈnyü-, nonstandard -kyə-lər\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of macronucleus

New Latin


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macronucleus

noun mac·ro·nu·cle·us \ ˌmak-rō-ˈn(y)ü-klē-əs \

medical Definition of macronucleus

plural macronuclei play \-ˌī\ also macronucleuses
: a relatively large densely staining nucleus of most ciliate protozoans that is derived from micronuclei and controls various nonreproductive functions — compare micronucleus

macronuclear

play \ˌmak-rō-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ər\ adjective

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