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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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These were subdivided into small chambers by fine septae and filled with lancet-shaped cystozoites (7.5 x 1.5 [micro]m) and dividing metrocytes, which is characteristic for Sarcocystis.