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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. cell from which another cell of an organism (usually of a different sort) develops;
- Example: "a sperm cell develops from a sperm mother cell"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mother \Moth"er\, a. Received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as, mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of a mother; producing others; originating. [1913 Webster] It is the mother falsehood from which all idolatry is derived. --T. Arnold. [1913 Webster] Mother cell (Biol.), a cell which, by endogenous divisions, gives rise to other cells (daughter cells); a parent cell. Mother church, the original church; a church from which other churches have sprung; as, the mother church of a diocese. Mother country, the country of one's parents or ancestors; the country from which the people of a colony derive their origin. Mother liquor (Chem.), the impure or complex residual solution which remains after the salts readily or regularly crystallizing have been removed. Mother queen, the mother of a reigning sovereign; a queen mother. Mother tongue. (a) A language from which another language has had its origin. (b) The language of one's native land; native tongue. Mother water. See Mother liquor (above). Mother wit, natural or native wit or intelligence. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mother cell n 1: cell from which another cell of an organism (usually of a different sort) develops; "a sperm cell develops from a sperm mother cell"