micronucleus

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noun mi·cro·nu·cle·us \ˌmī-krō-ˈnü-klē-əs, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of micronucleus

  1. :  a minute nucleus; specifically :  one that is primarily concerned with reproductive and genetic functions in most ciliated protozoans

Origin and Etymology of micronucleus

New Latin


First Known Use: 1887


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micronucleus

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noun mi·cro·nu·cle·us \ˌmī-krō-ˈn(y)ü-klē-əs\

Medical Definition of micronucleus

  1. :  a minute nucleus; specifically :  one regarded as primarily concerned with reproductive and genetic functions in most ciliated protozoans—compare macronucleus


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