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A cell containing diverse nuclei inside a common cytoplasm, usually resulting from the artificial fusion of two cells from different species.
[hetero- + G. karyon, kernel, nut]
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A cell having two or more genetically different nuclei.
het′er·o·kar′y·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
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heterokaryona cell containing nuclei from two different sources, or in fungi a hyphal cell, spore, mycelium or organism that contains genetically different nuclei. see COMPLEMENTATION TEST.
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