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heterocyst

[ het-er-uh-sist ]

noun

, Bacteriology.
  1. one of the enlarged nitrogen-fixing cells occurring along the filaments in some cyanobacteria.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of heterocyst1

First recorded in 1870–75; hetero- + cyst

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