<mathematics, data> The ancestor node in a tree that points to the current node (one of its child nodes).

(01 Oct 2005)

1. One who begets, or brings forth, offspring; a father or a mother. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord." (Eph. Vi. 1)

2. That which produces; cause; source; author; begetter; as, idleness is the parent of vice. "Regular industry is the parent of sobriety." (Channing) Parent cell.

<biology> A nucleus which, in cell division, divides, and gives rise to two or more daughter nuclei. See Karyokinesis, and Cell division, under Division.

Origin: L. Parens, -entis; akin to parere to bring forth; cf. Gr. To give, beget: cf. F. Parent. Cf. Part.

(01 Mar 1998)