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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: pik-no'sis

Definition: A thickening or condensation; specifically, a condensation and reduction in size of the cell or its nucleus, usually associated with hyperchromatosis; nuclear pyknosis is a stage of necrosis.

[pykno- + G. -osis, condition]

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