micronucleus

[ mahy-kroh-noo-klee-uhs, -nyoo- ]

noun,plural mi·cro·nu·cle·i [mahy-kroh-noo-klee-ahy, -nyoo-]. /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈnu kliˌaɪ, -ˈnyu-/. Biology.
  1. the smaller of the two types of nuclei occurring in ciliate protozoans.

Origin of micronucleus

1
First recorded in 1890–95; micro- + nucleus

Other words from micronucleus

  • mi·cro·nu·cle·ar, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for micronucleus

micronucleus

/ (ˌmaɪkrəʊˈnjuːklɪəs) /


nounplural -clei (-klɪˌaɪ) or -cleuses
  1. the smaller of two nuclei in ciliated protozoans, involved in reproduction: Compare macronucleus

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