mother cell

noun

: a cell that gives rise to other cells usually of a different sort

Examples of mother cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Print Cell division, or the process of how daughter cells emerge from a mother cell, is fundamental to biology. Somin Lee, The Conversation, 20 July 2023 The sticky cells in each of these snowflakes were genetically identical to each other---each cell had budded off from a mother cell, but had stuck around rather than setting off on its own. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 23 June 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mother cell was in 1840

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“Mother cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mother%20cell. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

mother cell

noun
: a cell that gives rise to other cells usually of a different sort
a sperm mother cell
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