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A cell that divides to produce two or more daughter cells. Also called parent cell.
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|Noun||1.||mother 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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