parent cell

[pârənt]

A cell that is the source of other cells, as a cell that divides to produce two or more daughter cells, or a stem cell that is a progenitor of other cells or is the first in a line of developing cells. Also called mother cell

Nearby words

  1. parenchymatous keratitis,
  2. parenchymatous neuritis,
  3. parens,
  4. parens.,
  5. parent,
  6. parent company,
  7. parent compound,
  8. parent cyst,
  9. parent language,
  10. parent metal

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Examples from the Web for parent cell

  • For at last they become an Acinetan or a Gregarine, exactly like the parent-cell from which they arose as embryos.