mother cell

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mother cell

n.
A cell that divides to produce two or more daughter cells. Also called parent cell.
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Noun1.mother cell - cell from which another cell of an organism (usually of a different sort) developsmother cell - cell from which another cell of an organism (usually of a different sort) develops; "a sperm cell develops from a sperm mother cell"
cell - (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
spore mother cell - cell from which a spore develops
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The keeper opens the two center partitions to examine the brood cells.
When she's about to reproduce, a mother mite, known as a foundress," says Harbo, "will invade a brood cell containing a developing bee larva.
The other species are solitary and eat the nectar they collect immediately, or use it to stock a brood cell.
It would complement SMR well because it affects mites while they are outside, rather than inside, a brood cell where SMR has an effect," says Harbo.
The mite, formally named Varroa jacobsoni, begins its parasitic relationship with the Asian bee when the female mite lays up to six eggs in a drone brood cell.
Adult winter bees that were infested with Varroa as immature bees within the brood cells do not fully develop the physiological characteristics of a long-lived winter bee.