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(par′ĕnt )

[L. parere, to bring forth, bear]

1. One who begets or bears offspring; a father or a mother.
2. In radiation physics, a radioactive substance that decays into another nuclide.
3. The origin or source of something, as of a cell, a cell mass, a tissue, or a tissue fragment.

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