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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]
A cell having two or more genetically different nuclei.
het′er·o·kar′y·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
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.
a single binucleate cell formed by fusing one cell with another. Fusion is usually accomplished by using inactivated parainfluenza virus or polyethylene glycol, both of which alter the cell membranes in such a way as to induce fusion.