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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How to use parent cell in a sentence
A single cell divides by splitting into two others, each of which resembles the parent cell, except that they are of less bulk.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
The original cell may thus form in succession many hundreds of cells in every respect like the original parent cell.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
Nor can the parent cell be called mother or father: and for that matter, the parent cell cannot be determined.The Kempton-Wace Letters | Jack London
That a parent cell was requisite for the production of new cells seemed to many investigators to be no longer needed.
For at last they become an Acinetan or a Gregarine, exactly like the parent-cell from which they arose as embryos.The Biological Problem of To-day | Oscar Hertwig