macronucleus

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mac·ro·nu·cle·us

(mak'rō-nū'klē-ŭs),
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.
See also: micronucleus (2). Synonym(s): meganucleus
2. The larger of the two nuclei in ciliates, which governs vegetative metabolic functions and not reproduction.
See also: micronucleus (2). Synonym(s): somatic nucleus, trophic nucleus, trophonucleus
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macronucleus

(măk′rō-no͞o′klē-əs, -nyo͞o′-)
n. pl. macronu·clei (-klē-ī′)
The larger of two nuclei present in ciliate protozoans, which controls nonreproductive functions of the cell, such as metabolism.

mac′ro·nu′cle·ar adj.
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mac·ro·nu·cle·us

(mak'rō-nū'klē-ŭs)
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.
2. The larger of the two nuclei in ciliates, which governs vegetative metabolic functions and not reproduction.
See also: micronucleus (2)
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macronucleus

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meganucleus

the larger of two nuclei found in some PROTOZOANS, that is concerned with cell division (see MICRONUCLEUS). It disappears during CONJUGATION and is afterwards reformed from material of micronuclear origin (from the zygote nucleus). It appears to have mainly vegetative functions.
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