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micronucleus

[mahy-kroh-noo-klee-uh s, -nyoo-] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈnu kli əs, -ˈnyu-/
noun, plural micronuclei
[mahy-kroh-noo-klee-ahy, -nyoo-] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈnu kliˌaɪ, -ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA).
Biology
1.
the smaller of the two types of nuclei occurring in ciliate protozoans.
Compare macronucleus.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; micro- + nucleus
Related forms
micronuclear, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for micronuclei

micronucleus

/ˌmaɪkrəʊˈnjuːklɪəs/
noun (pl) -clei (-klɪˌaɪ), -cleuses
1.
the smaller of two nuclei in ciliated protozoans, involved in reproduction Compare macronucleus
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micronuclei in Medicine

micronucleus mi·cro·nu·cle·us (mī'krō-nōō'klē-əs, -nyōō'-)
n.

  1. A minute nucleus.

  2. The smaller of two nuclei in ciliate protozoans that contains genetic material and functions in reproduction.

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