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micronucleus

 [mi″kro-noo´kle-us]
1. in ciliate protozoa, the kinetoplast, the smaller of two types of nucleus in each cell, which functions in sexual reproduction.
2. a small nucleus.
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mi·cro·nu·cle·us

(mī'krō-nū'klē-ŭs),
1. A small nucleus in a large cell, or the smaller nuclei in cells that have two or more such structures.
See also: macronucleus (2).
2. The smaller of the two nuclei in ciliates dividing mitotically and bearing specific inheritable material.
See also: macronucleus (2). Synonym(s): gametic nucleus, germ nucleus, gonad nucleus, karyogonad, reproductive nucleus
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mi·cro·nu·cle·us

(mī'krō-nū'klē-ŭs)
1. A small nucleus in a large cell, or the smaller nuclei in cells that have two or more such structures.
2. The smaller of the two nuclei in ciliates dividing mitotically and bearing specific inheritable material.
See also: macronucleus (2)
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micronucleus

the smaller of two nuclei found in some protozoans which is concerned with cell division. Compare MACRONUCLEUS.
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