- A cell that divides to produce two or more daughter cells.metrocyte
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Examples from the Web for mother cell
The large spores are formed eight together in a mother-cell.The Elements of Botany
Cell-development always takes place within existing cells, and either one or many new cells may be formed within the mother-cell.
Inside the mother-cell were to be found young developing cells of spherical shape, lacking however a nucleus.
The true nucleus of the cartilage cell was probably in the same way the original generator of the mother-cell.
The mother-cell perished in the very act of giving birth to her brood.The Drama of Love and Death
- See parent cell.
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