Definition of three-parent in US English:



  • Containing a chromosomal complement from a mother and father and the mitochondrial DNA from the egg of a donor.

    ‘three-parent embryos’
    • ‘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?’