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three-parent Syllabification: three-par·ent

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of three-parent in English:


Containing a chromosomal complement from a mother and father and the mitochondrial DNA from the egg of a donor: three-parent embryos
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  • Now work on the process, called human nuclear transfer, has been called off after the authorities realised how close scientists were to achieving the birth of a three-parent child.
  • Is it squeamishness or superstition that makes the announcement from Newcastle University of plans to create a ‘three-parent’ embryo controversial?
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