pronucleus

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pro·nu·cle·us

 (prō-no͞o′klē-əs, -nyo͞o′-)
n. pl. pro·nu·cle·i (-klē-ī′)
The haploid nucleus of a sperm or egg before fusion of the nuclei in fertilization.

pro·nu′cle·ar adj.

pronucleus

(ˌprəʊˈnjuːklɪəs)
n, pl -clei (-klɪˌaɪ)
(Biology) the nucleus of a mature ovum or spermatozoan before fertilization
pronuclear adj

pro•nu•cle•us

(proʊˈnu kli əs, -ˈnyu-)

n., pl. -cle•i (-kliˌaɪ)
the haploid nucleus of either the sperm or ovum that unites with the opposite-sex nucleus during fertilization.
[1875–80]
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Noun1.pronucleus - the nucleus of the ovum or sperm after fertilization but before they fuse to form the nucleus of the zygote
cell nucleus, karyon, nucleus - a part of the cell containing DNA and RNA and responsible for growth and reproduction
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In addition, the cytological studies revealed that the donor sperm incorporated into the egg cytoplasm, developed into the male pronucleus, and merged with the female pronucleus eventually in some interspecific crosses in molluscs, such as C.
The hydatidiform mole is a uterine tumor that occasionally develops in which the fetus is absent and the placental tissue is abnormally large, arising most often from a sperm's fertilizing an ovum in which the female pronucleus is absent.