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Karyopyknosis


Noun

1. The irreversible condensation of chromatin in the nucleus of a cell undergoing necrosis or apoptosis. (wikipedia.org)

2. Cytologic characteristics of the nucleus of a cell that is in the process of programmed or induced cell death. (medilexicon.com)

3. Cytologic characteristics of the superficial or cornified cells of stratified squamous epithelium in which there is shrinkage of the nuclei and condensation of the chromatin into structureless masses. (biology-online.org)

Syn: Pyknosis

Word origin: From Greek karyon “nut, kernel,” + from Greek kinesis “movement, motion”

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