pronucleus

noun
pro·​nu·​cle·​us | \ (ˌ)prō-ˈnü-klē-əs How to pronounce pronucleus (audio) , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of pronucleus

: the haploid nucleus of a male or female gamete (such as an egg or sperm) up to the time of fusion with that of another gamete in fertilization

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Recent Examples on the Web Pronuclear transfer is the easier and cheaper method since the pronucleus is larger and easier to image and transfer than the spindle. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "3 biological parents, 1 child, and an international controversy," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of pronucleus

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pronucleus

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“Pronucleus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pronucleus. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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pronucleus

noun
pro·​nu·​cle·​us | \ (ˈ)prō-ˈn(y)ü-klē-əs How to pronounce pronucleus (audio) \
plural pronuclei\ -​klē-​ˌī How to pronounce pronuclei (audio) \ also pronucleuses

Medical Definition of pronucleus

: the haploid nucleus of a male or female gamete (as an egg or sperm) up to the time of fusion with that of another gamete in fertilization — see female pronucleus, male pronucleus

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