parent cell

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