SYN: macronucleus (1).

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  • meganucleus — |megə+ noun Etymology: New Latin, from mega + nucleus : macronucleus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Macronucleus — A macronucleus (formerly also meganucleus) is the larger type of nucleus in ciliates. Macronuclei are polyploid and undergo direct division without mitosis. It controls the non reproductive cell functions, the everyday tasks, such as metabolism.… …   Wikipedia

  • macronucleus — 1. A nucleus that occupies a relatively large portion of the cell, or the larger nucleus where two or more are present in a cell. SYN: meganucleus. 2. The larger of the two nuclei in ciliates, which governs vegetative metabolic functio …   Medical dictionary

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